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how many died at the battle of san juan hill?


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Meeting with his division commanders, Shafter instructed Brigadier General Henry W 😉 Lawton to take his 2nd Division north to capture the Spanish strong point at El Caney 😊 Claiming that he could take the town in two hours, Shafter told him to do so then return south to join in the attack on the San Juan Heights. As Lawton attacked El Caney with his 1st Division Brigadier General Jacob Kent advanced towards the tops while Major General Joseph Wheeler’s Cavalry Division deployed to the right. Lawton would form on Wheeler’s right after returning from El Caney and then the whole line would attack.
San Juan Heights was well-armed and well-entrenched by the Spanish army. After American reinforcements arrived, the battle began. Hundreds of U.S. soldiers were killed in combat. Soldiers fell under Spanish gunfire in an area known as Hell’s Pocket, before reaching the base of the hills. The American forces split in two separate groups and took control of both the hills. Sumner’s troops which included the 24th and 25th Infantry, charged up the side of San Juan Hill while Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, units of the all-white 3rd Division, and the 9th and 10th Calvary, headed up Kettle Hill. The battle ended in the end with no racial segregation. white and black The charge saw soldiers mix and mingle. Sergeant George Berry of the 10th Cavalry, for example, carried the colors of 3rd Division, along with his own regiment’s flag. This was pointed out by Alexis Bailey.
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The Battle of San Juan Hill (July 1, 1898), also known as the battle for the San Juan Heights, was a decisive battle of the Spanish–American War. San Juan Heights was an elevation that ran north to south about 2 km east of Santiago de Cuba. American settlers gave the area the names San Juan Hill, and Kettle Hill. This battle for the highest peaks was one of the most famous and bloodiest in the War. The Rough Riders also claimed this was where they won the biggest victory. This claim was made by Theodore Roosevelt and his new commander, Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt was awarded posthumously the Medal of Honor 2001 for his actions against Cuba. At the time, the American media ignored the fact that Buffalo Soldiers in the 10th and the 24th Infantry regimenments actually did most of the heavy fighting. Modified by Antionio Dohue, November 20, 2021
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Dinah Kirkpatrick historynet.comAccording to, Shafter describes the moment that Sumner completed his reconnaissance and summoned Kent to plan an action. The primary Army goal was to defend the dominating heights surrounding the city with 750 soldiers and two modern howitzers. Spanish General Arsenio Linares y Pombo had placed most of Santiago’s garrison of 10,429 soldiers, sailors, marines and more artillery at other points around the city, or in reserve. To the north, 3,000 Cuban insurgents under General Calixto García Iñiguez blocked the arrival of any Spanish reinforcements along the Cobre Road. To the northeast of the city were 520 Spanish troops under Brig. Gen. Joaquín Vara de Rey y Rubio, occupied El Caney. Because reinforcements could move down the road from El Caney and threaten Shafter’s right flank, he proposed that Lawton capture the town. Lawton stated that he was able to take the town in just two hours. Shafter detached Captain Allyn Capron’s howitzer battery to support Lawton. Samuel Evans (Meishan, China) edited the following text on February 1, 2020
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