copyright 1899; "By Hon. James Rankin Young, Member of Congress and for many years Clerk of the United States Senate in Collaboration with J. Hampton Moore, the well-known Author and Newspaper Correspondent"; Providence Publishing Co., Chicago; thick hardbound; very good condition with miminal ageing and only minor browning of pages; illustrations, pictures and maps in very good condition; previous owner's inscription inside front cover; "Profusely Embellished with Superb Engravings" - see pics.
The opening pages provide facsimile signatures of dozens of distinguished Americas from President McKinley, Leonard Wood, virtually all the naval and military high command, with such heroes as Theodore Roosevelt and George Dewey.
Includes a rich color map of the United States Torpedo Boat Winslow and other notable autographs at the appropriate places throughout the book. Also, there are maps of the territories. It includes a section of the major poetry of the war with over 100 poems ranging from "Remember the Maine" to "Teddy's Terrors" to the remarkable "The Negro Soldier" which began: "We used to think the negro didn't count for very much, light-fingered in the melon patch and such." It goes on to note the heroic actions "The negro soldier showed himself another type of man, read the story of his courage, coldly, carelessly, who can, the story of the Tenth at Lac Quasina!" and "We're all Yankees Now" where the author notes it is no longer Yankee or Reb but Americans fighting together on behalf of the United States. Beginning near the end there is Col. Roosevelt's Account of the Battle of San Juan."