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October 22, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(17):995-996. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450170049010

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The story of the work of the Red Cross at Siboney, when the Spanish troops interfered with the march of the Rough Riders and the Colored Cavalry to Santiago, was told very extensively at the time, and the refusal of the Army Medical Department to accept proffered assistance met with severe comment in many quarters. To refer to it at this late date looks like being behind the times, but the fact is we have only now heard from the other party concerned. The accounts already published came directly, or indirectly through the interviewer, from Red Cross sources, but now Colonel Valery Havard, who was chief surgeon of Wheeler's Cavalry Division, considers it proper for him in the interests of truth and justice to make to the Surgeon-General a statement of the facts as known to him, the officer most concerned. His tale is interesting, otherwise, as presenting a graphic

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