Scioto County's War with Spain

Publishing 3/22/2021
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Like much of the nation in 1898, Scioto County, Ohio, burned with war fever. In their zeal to liberate Cubans from Spanish oppression, the communities rallied around their small National Guard company, Company H. Local papers ran constant updates from “the boys,” who found themselves liberating Puerto Rico. The homefront buzzed with activity, as church groups, civic clubs and individuals shipped care packages to the soldiers. The community went wild upon their return seven months later. Parades, dedications and honorifics of every sort proclaimed that the sacrifices of community and soldiers would never be forgotten… but they were. Local history buff John McHenry brings to light the struggles and triumphs of the county during this oft-overlooked conflict.
ISBN: 9781467147989
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Ohio
Series: Military
Images: 36
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
John McHenry is an attorney with an abiding interest in history. Browsing through old newspapers at the local public library, he came upon a reference to a Company H from Portsmouth, Ohio, that participated in the invasion of Puerto Rico during the 1898 Spanish-American War. He knew then there was a story to tell about soldiers from Portsmouth and Scioto County generally that had been all but lost. Scioto County rallied to the call to arms and in its small way joined in the temper of the time to free oppressed Cubans from the yoke of Spanish rule. Not all returned home. Mr. McHenry lives in South Webster, Ohio, with his wife, Mary, and their eleven chickens and two beehives. A plan to acquire goats is in the works.
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