To the Brink in CUBA 1873

Soodalter, Ron
October 2009
Military History;Oct/Nov2009, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p62
The article recalls the actions taken by Spaniards that almost led to a war with the U.S. after they seized the steamer called Virginius, which was loaded with Cuban rebels and munitions in October 1873. It recounts the desecration on the U.S. flag by Spaniards when a Spanish officer ignored the papers shown by captain and former Confederate naval officer Joseph Fry, which indicated that the vessel was registered in the U.S. It relates the call for war with Spain by U.S. government officials following the execution of most of the crew of Virginius.


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