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WAR WITH SPAIN
Spanish admiral and over 1300 men were taken prisoners, while the Spanish loss of life was very large, some 600 perishing. On the American side but one man was killed, on the Brooklyn, and one man seriously wounded.
The capitulation of Santiago followed. Negotiations continued from July 3 to July 15, when the preliminaries of surrender were agreed upon, and on the 17th of July General Shafter occupied the city. The capitulation embraced the entire eastern end of Cuba. The Spanish surrendered 22,000 men.
With the fall of Santiago the occupation of Porto Rico was begun, and General Miles, by previous assignment, organized an expedition for that purpose. He was already at Santiago, where he had arrived on the 11th of July with reënforcements for General Shafter's army. With these troops, consisting of 3415 infantry and artillery, two companies of engineers, and one company of the signal corps. General Miles left Guantanamo on July 21. This expedition landed at Guanica July 25 with but little opposition. General Miles was subsequently reënforced by General Schwan's brigade of the Third Army Corps, by General Wilson with a part of his division, and also by General Brooke with a part of his troops, the whole force numbering 16,973 officers and men.
General Miles entered Ponce July 27; the campaign was prosecuted with vigor, and on the 12th of August most of the island was in his possession.
The last scene of the war was enacted at Manila. Aug. 15, after a brief assault on the works by the land forces, in which the squadron assisted, Manila was surrendered unconditionally, the casualties being few. The total casualties in killed and wounded in the army and navy during the war with Spain have been given under "Army" and "Navy."
On the 26th of July M. Cambon presented a communication signed by the Duke of Almodóvar, the Spanish Minister of State, inviting the United States to state the terms upon which it would be willing to make peace. After various delays, M. Cambon, Aug. 12, announced his receipt of full powers to sign a protocol, and on the afternoon of the same day he, as the plenipotentiary of Spain, with the Secretary of State as the plenipotentiary of the United States, agreed to the protocol.
Immediately upon the conclusion of the protocol the President issued a proclamation suspending hostilities on the part of the United States.
Pursuant to the 5th article of the protocol William R. Day,late Secretary of State, Cushman K. Davis, William P. Frye,