Tuesday, September 2, 2008

"Today in Fayetteville" April 20, 1898

The big topic in April 1898 was the Spanish-American War. Let us look back in time to that period and see what was in the Fayetteville News.
                                The Fayetteville News
                                          April 20, 1898 
                                     War News in Brief
The President has issued a proclamation calling for 125,000 troops.
The Columbia and Minneapolis of the flying Squadron are under orders to go to sea. Presumably to convoy a transport of troops and meet the Paris, now en route from England.
Only one seizure of a Spanish vessel has been reported at the Navy Dept.
General Miles has issued orders to form regular troops into Corps and Brigades and assign officers,  presumably to invade Cuba.
Under the call for volunteers, Georgia is to furnish 3,174 men.
General Lee will probably be made Major General to Command the troops to be organized at Richmond on orders of the presidential call.
Spanish Steamer LaCarrina arrived at Ship Island, Miss. yesterday, ignorant of existing hostilities.
Torpedo boat Porter, captured a Spanish schooner, which was towed into port at Key West by the Dauntless.
The fleet off Cuba has been fired on by Marro Castle guns.
A resolution formally declaring war against Spain will be introduced in Congress today.
                    General LaFayette McLaws Camp #79
A camp of sons of Confederate veterans was organized here Saturday. Over twenty names were enrolled with much enthuseum.
General LaFayette McLaws Camp  #79, was chartered 16 April 1898. The first meeting was April 8, 1897. The camp meets the 3ed Monday of the month.
Prof. AJ Vickers was over Saturday to attend the organization of the camp of Confederate Veterans.
Submitted by CB Glover


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