Opposition to the War!

Spanish-American War.

What did those opposed to the war do?

They supported the idea of freeing an oppressed people controlled by the Spanish. McKinley, who was the Spanish Leader, strongly opposed to military intervention, and ordered an investigation of the sinking. Though in the end Americans emerged victorious with newly acknowledged respect as a world power.

Opposition of the war.

What did they think?

They were not happy about it since they themselves and President McKinley could do nothing about it. They were disappointed because things did not go the way they had planned. Not even the President McKinley could do anything to stop the war.

Abandoned Ship

On February 15, 1898, a mysterious explosion destroyed the American battleship Maine in Havana Harbor and helped propel the United States into a war with Spain. My great grandfather, Lt. John J. Blandin was the officer of the watch when the Maine blew up. The Spanish were blamed and we went to war. In actuality the explosion was a malfunction. My great grandfather was the highest ranking officer to die as a result of that explosion and, as a result, has his name on the Maine memorial in Arlington National Cemetery. He died on July 9, 1898…about 5 months after the explosion. ...

Interestingly enough, the US NAVY convened a tribunal annually for 100 years to discuss the disaster. On the 100th anniversary my aunt sent them the letter my great grandfather sent to his wife right after the explosion. They had never seen it. It caused quite a stir.

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