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Santiago, naval battle of See also Sampson, William Thomas; Schley, Winfield Scott; Spain, War with. United States Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, in a narrative of the American-Spanish War, gives the following graphic history of the great naval engagement off the entrance to the harbor of Santiago de Cuba on July 3, 1898: It matters little now why Cervera pushed open the door of Santiago Harbor and rushed out to ruin and defeat. The admiral himself would have the world understand tha
n fire were so great that the fire of the opponents was smothered, and that the crews were swept away from the guns.
The overwhelming American victory was due not to the shortcomings of the Spaniards, but to the efficiency of the navy of the United States and to the quality of the crews.
The officers and seamen, the gunners and engineers, surpassed the
The last of Cervera's fleet. Spaniards in their organization and in their handling of the machinery they used.
They were thoroughly prepa