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Battles of the Spanish-American War

The following are known Battles of the Spanish-American War. This list includes all major engagements and most reported skirmishes. Some items, such as the claim by Puerto Ricans that Spanish guns in San Juan fired the first shots of the war, cannot be confirmed by official records.

Therefore, the list includes only those battles and skirmishes that can officially be documented after the official declarations of war on April 23rd (Spain) and April 25th (United States).

This list is very much a work in progress as new skirmishes and battles are discovered over the course of reading and research.

Battles of the Spanish-American War Key: (A) - U.S. Victory; (S) - Spanish Victory; (I) - Inconclusive.

  • JUNE,1898
    • 6/3 - Failed effort to block harbor mouth at Santiago with scuttling of collier Merrimack (S)
    • 6/10 - U.S. Marines land at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba[?] (A)
    • 6/21 - Guam "captured" by U.S. forces; Wake island soon follows.(A)
    • 6/21 - Cuban guerillas land at Sigua, Cuba (A)
    • 6/22 - U.S. troops land at Daiquiri, Cuba; they find Spanish positions abandoned (A)
    • 6/23 - Skirmish at Las Guasimas, Cuba, Cuban rebels driven back (S)
    • 6/24 - Battle of Las Guasimas[?]; Spanish ambush U.S. troops (I)


  • Continued struggles in the Filipino-American War involving Filipinos and Spanish soldiers who refuse to give up fighting. The struggle is called America's first Vietnam by late twentieth-century historians.


  • Bagosy, A. The Dirty Little War
  • Nofi, A. The Spanish-American War, 1898
  • Spanish American War Centennial Website: www.spanamwar.com

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