Table of contents for The little war of Private Post : the Spanish-American War seen up close / Charles Johnson Post ; with illustrations by the author ; introduction to the Bison Books edition by Graham A. Cosmas and Marylou K. Gjernes.


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CHAPTER 1                                              3
     The Maine is sunk. The United States declares war
     on Spain. Patriotism and romance - Hearst stirs the
     blood. I enlist. Free drinks and red flannel bellybands.

CHAPTER 2                                              8
     Camp Black. Drill, we learn the bugles, drill, police
     the area, drill. We learn to curse hardtack and enjoy
     whisky and good fellowship.

CHAPTER 3                                               19
     Comrades-in-arms - a cross section of America. I ac-
     quire a nickname. We board the steamship Seneca,
     bound for Cuba and glory. We disembark at Hoboken.

CHAPTER 4                                               34
     Our "march" to the sea by railroad. The Yankees and
     Richmond again. We get a mascot. Naked in the State
     of Georgia, or Southern Hospitality.

CHAPTER 5                                              44
     The Waycross Coffee Riot. Alligator fishing - Lake-
     land, Florida. I become a mule skinner. Camp ath-
     letics: poker, craps and whip duels.




CHAPTER 6                                             53
    The Sheriff and the Provost Guard. Local option
    (dry) and how to get a bourbon milk shake. Drill!

CHAPTER 7                                             66
    Heat stroke paves the way to Tampa Heights. The
    plight of Jim the Cook. Payday at last. "Smooching"
    taught by an expert.

CHAPTER 8                                             75
     The horse-collar pack and striking camp. Ptomaine.
     The transport Vigilancia. The sporting sandbar of
     Port Tampa - soldiers only.

CHAPTER 9                                             90
     Landing drill. The tin-can transport fleet moves.
     We're off to Cuba! The night's sing-song and the day's
     monotony.

CHAPTER 10                                           101
     I trade art for grub and water. First sight of Cuba.
     The dynamite cruiser Vesuvius. The horses drown.
     The Rough Rider rush. We land at Siboney.

CHAPTER 11                                           117
     The Rough Riders ambushed at Las Guasimas. We
     rush to their aid. The sounds of combat! The wounded
     trickle back. Every man a cook.

CHAPTER 12                                           126
     The Cuban rebel troops arrive - ragged but heroic
     men. Cuban prostitutes and Spanish cartridges for
     rebel rifles.

CHAPTER 13                                           133
     Ed Marshall, Hearst's man, gets shot. "Shafter's
     Dock." Mule packing. I become an official smoocher
     and get frustrated.



CHAPTER 14                                            143
     The Merrimac is sunk. We jack ammunition. Making
     our first camp.

CHAPTER 15                                            148
     "With ball cartridge--loadl" We scout the right
     flank. On picket, left flank. The shooting starts - land
     crabs repelled. Spanish bugles just across the valley.
     We draw five days' rations and move out.

CHAPTER 16                                            161
     A nice cool morning for a battle. Hearst reviews the
     troops at the front. Jungle fighting ahead. The balloon
     gives our range to the Spaniards. We go into the jungle
     trail to Bloody Ford.

CHAPTER 17                                           I8I
     Brigadier General Hawkins the spearhead at San Juan.
     Lieutenant Ord leads the charge that captures San
     Juan. Ord dies on the crest. The Gatlings.

CHAPTER 18                                           190
     On the Hill. Will the Spaniards return? "Everyone
     under coverl" We cover a withdrawal and lose twenty
     men. We sleep in ranks, and then dig all night. Our
     stragglers.

CHAPTER 19                                           210
     Our errors in strategy. The blunder of Bloody Ford.
     Casualties at Bloody Ford reach four hundred. Gen-
     eral Kent votes for retreatl

CHAPTER 20                                           225
     In the trenches. The night attack. We move to Misery
     Hill for the duration. Rations give out - except for
     hardtack. General Miles's Testudol The fake bom-
     bardment of Santiago. Santiago surrenders and disease
     strikes.



CHAPTER 21                                            249
    The war is over/ The Y.M.C.A. arrives and the chap-
    lain takes over. Disease strikes deeper. Taps and fu-
    neral volleys are stopped. My detail goes to Santiago
    to unload the Vigilancia.

CHAPTER 22                                            269
    Food in plenty - Red Cross stores! We live high and
    so do our germs. I turn cook. Our Captain gives a din-
    ner with unexpected results. Worcestershire sauce and
    brandy.

CHAPTER 23                                            286
    Medicines and rations in trenches still scanty. General
    Shafter's ice and champagne. Home? Any day! We
    board the transport Grande Duchesse. Five men to
    a cabin sick or well. Looting the hold. We sail for
    Long Island.

CHAPTER 24                                             301
     A bath! The silhouette of Long Island at dawn.
     Quarantined. Prisoners or patients? The fight for sur-
     vival. We forage for food. Fever and dysentery. How
     we measured time.

CHAPTER 25                                            318
     Saved by the storm. Tents go down in the night. Pre-
     paring for the Secretary of War's inspection. I am
     appointed spokesman for my tent. I get a pass.

CHAPTER 26                                            336
     Into New York via the famous Long Island Rail
     Road. I reach Roosevelt Hospital. Food, rest, and de-
     lousing. I survive.





Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Post, Charles Johnson, 1873-1956, Santiago Campaign, 1898 Personal narratives, Spanish-American War, 1898 Personal narratives, United States, Army, New York Infantry Regiment, 71st (Militia), (1852- )Santiago Campaign, 1898 Pictorial works, Spanish-American War, 1898 Pictorial works, Soldiers as artists United States Biography