Congress declared war on Spain on 25 April 1898. Hostilities were halted on 12 August after Spain was defeated in Cuba and the Philippines and its Atlantic and Pacific fleets were destroyed. About 280,000 soldiers, sailors, and marines served in the war, many of them volunteers.
|The mast of the USS Maine; recovered when the ship was raised and refloated out|
to sea and resunk; Arlington National Cemetery; personal collection
|Graves of unknown sailors killed when the USS Maine exploded in Havana harbor;|
Arlington National Cemetery; personal collection