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September 17, 1898

THE RETURNING ARMY.

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CHIEF OF THE OPERATING STAFF WITH THE ARMY IN THE FIELD.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(12):652-654. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450120026002k

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Abstract

The war is over and the heroes who freed the Western Continent from Spanish despotism are returning home. The first war of invasion on our part has been a short, decisive one. Only four months have passed by since the Chief Executive issued the first call to arms, and more than we expected has been accomplished. The outside world, which has sneered too long at our fighting strength as a nation, has been convinced that it is dangerous to trifle with Americans in matters of war. In less than two months after war was declared we had more than two hundred thousand men in the field, eager and anxious to face the dangers of active warfare. Less than one-half of this army took part in the invasion. The enemy's navy was entirely destroyed; not a single ship that came within range of our guns escaped. The proud Spanish fleet is

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