Stunning 1912 photo of the USS Maine burial procession, great Naval association
signed9.75" x 13.5"
by Spanish-American War
n.p., n.d.. 9.75" x 13.5". "13.5"" x 9.75"", large photo. 1"" intact tear along top edge with overall light soft creasing throughout. Verso with handling marks and notes in pencil stating ""67 bodies of the dead Sailors and Marines recovered from the USS Maine after lying in Havana harbor"".A somber photo taken in 1912 of the burial procession of the remaining bodies recovered from the USS Maine, in excess of 10 years after her explosion off the Havana harbor. President Taft had signed into law the bill titled ""Raising of battleship Maine"" in 1908 which enacted the funding and recovery of the ship and the remaining bodies. The legislation further required that any bodies found be transported to Arlington National Cemetery and interred there. The mast of the Maine was to be retained and taken to Arlington, where the United States Secretary of War was required to erect the mast of the ship on top of a suitable monument at or near the place where the dead of the Maine were laid to rest. The procession was located one block east of the White House and included cavalry units, numerous battalions, Army engineers, and members of the National Guard. The flag draped coffins were carried aboard caissons.Although the cause of the 1898 explosion of the USS Maine was never determined, heavy suspicions believed it to be from mines planted by the Spanish. As such the consequence was the brief Spanish American War of 1898" (Inventory #: 61046)
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