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ALMOST SLAUGHTER j OF OUR MEN ' IN TAKING SAN JUA C On Regiment Had Three Commanders To Pall In Succession Victory Rewarded Daring Fight Copyright. W. James Gordon Bennettl Gen. Shatter's Headquarters Befor Santiago. Saturday, by the Herald and Courier-Journal's Dispatch-boat Golden Rod, via Port Antonio, Jamaica, July i. Special Cable. Santiago' fall as write this dispatch at sunset Is imminent Gen. Shatter's men, after fighting their way through such a Un of defenses as brave soldiers seldom hav had to contend with, are about to reap the full fruits of their, valor. This splendid prospect In which American and Cuban forces are glorying, ha been made possible only by terrible losses, but our troops are now occupying themselves only with the future. Ther was fierce fighting everywhere yesterday and to-day, but at no point did the Spaniards make a more desperate resistance than In defending th heights of San Juan. It was against this all-Important defense that the men of the Seventy-first New York and th Sixth and Sixteenth -Infantry were sent Th volunteers formed the .center of the attacking column and were subjected to a galling artillery fire from both, right and left Great damage was don to our troops, but they never faltered. Mowd Down By Hundred. , After the attacking columns had driven th enemy back from point to point they suddenly found themselves caught In a triangle. Thus hemmed In by th enemy, they had to face a terrific Infantry fire. They wene mowed by hun-. dreds, the Spanish being aided in their destructive work by the use of smokeless powder, thus punching our men In their attempts to locate the enemy. At one time matters took a desperate turn $or th Americans. They long withstood the fire of the hidden Infantry and plucklly retained their self-possession while their comrades were failing n all sides. Inspired by their leaders. they hammered away at th under, brush behind which th enemy seemed to be lurking. Jind succeeded in hold" ing their own until late In th after noon. r B-nforcd Just In Tim. " Just as the fighting was becoming critical our men were rrnforced by the divisions of Gen. Lawton and Gen. Chaffee. All th Americana then threw themselves forward. They charged th Vnemy with such fury that they, swept all before them. Th Spaniards fled from their defenses, and San Juan soon afterward was In th possession of our troop. Th two Infantry regiments which suf-V " " i ssui i t in "i Pint about Santiago were th Thirteenth and the Twenty-fourth. In the Thirteenth regiment It Is estimated that thirty wer killed and seventy-five wounded. Thre Leaders In On Begiment. Lieut CoL Worth was commanding th) Thirteenth regiment and was wounded early in th engagement MaJ. Ellis succeeded him in command and soon. he. too, was wounded. Capt James Fornanc then took command of the regiment but he fell with the wounded befor th fighting ended for the day. ' Heavy loea among th officer of th Twenty-fourth Infantry also took plac during th engagement Lieut, Col. Lis. cum, who was m command, and Capt. Burton were slightly wounded. Lieut,' Ducat, whom I mentioned In a previous) dispatch a being among th killed,, led th attack on San Juan hill, and was th first man to b killed. Bright fire burning on th hillside opposite Morro Castle are thought to be signals from Gen. Garcia for an ad vance upon the city from the northwest or else a demonstration by th Cubans celebrating th victory of th American forces at that time entering; Santiago from the east

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 04 Jul 1898, Mon,
  3. Page 2

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