The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 106, July 2002 - April, 2003 Page: 273
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Texans in the Spanish-American War
Members of the band, First Texas Volunteer Infantry. Photograph courtesy oJ U.S. Army Mili-
tiny Institutle, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Antonio man was horrified by the camp conditions he saw. "It was nev-
er intended," he complained, "that Texas should furnish soldiers to fill
graves in Florida." And even if Spanish authorities seemed content to
allow their soldiers to die of tropical diseases, he continued, "these
United States cannot afford to ship 4000 of her brave and gallant sons
to a disease breeding hole and leave them there to die of fever, su-
perinduced by shameful negligence on the part of the authorities." A
very open rumor making the rounds of the state capital in Austin about
this time was that "the Texas boys are kept in Miami simply as an exhi-
bition to attract visitors to the hotels and to make money for the rail-
Army officials finally agreed that the camp at Miami was not much bet-
ter than a death trap for the men assigned there and ordered those
troops moved to Jacksonville. The soldiers were only too happy to be leav-
ing. In fact, in the camp of the Second Louisiana, the men boisterously
sang, "We'll hang old Flagler to a sour apple tree." When the appointed
day arrived, August 8, the heavens opened up over Miami in a regular
tropical downpour. The Texans' spirits were hardly dampened by Mother
Nature as they were finally leaving wretched Miami. One diarist, a San
" Koenigsberg, Southern Martyrs, 149, 173, 174; Galveston Daily News,July 26 (3rd quotation), 30
(Ist and 2nd quotations), 1898.
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