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By Ronald J. Barr

The writer seeks to give an explanation for the production of a latest American military in a rustic adverse to centralised army energy. The impact of assorted ecu countries at the US army are tested. The vital subject, notwithstanding, is how a small variety of influential figures inspired with US company borrowed administration innovations from nationwide businesses to modernise the military. it's argued those army reforms represented a much broader impact within the innovative period which sought to utilise administration concepts constructed by means of US company to enhance government.

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Significantly, Tampa was served by only one rail link. Galveston, Savannah, Mobile, Wilmington NC, and Charleston each had more than four rail links. New Orleans had 18 rail links, which provided extensive access to the north-east and mid-west. 31 The choice of Tampa was made by Alger, after conversations with both General Miles and Morton F. Plant. Plant owned the main railroad from South Carolina to Florida and the only railroad which served Tampa. Corbin, who recommended the use of New York, was overruled, and wrote sadly of the decision: Mr.

American public opinion was shocked, while American newspapers speculated that the USS Maine had been deliberately sunk. Congress, infuriated by the 'McKinley letter' and the destruction of the Maine, listened in anger while Senator Redfield Proctor denounced Spanish tyranny on his return from a visit to Cuba. In a moving speech, Proctor described the conditions in Cuba and the shame inflicted on American people for permitting such atrocities so close to home. 10 Congress unanimously voted to increase defence expenditure by $50 million and called on McKinley to take stronger action against Spain.

General Miles, an early critic of the war, proclaimed Washington DC defenceless, while the Ordnance Department informed Congress that each coastal gun had only 20 rounds of ammunition. Congress responded quickly to public pressure from coastal communities and approved an ambitious coastal defence scheme. 16 The proposal by McKinley for a larger standing army, received less support in Congress. The National Guard, state politicians, and congressional Democrats combined to defeat plans for a larger professional army.

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