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excitement was running high; each man was a captain for himself and
fighting accordingly. Brigadier Generals, Colonels,
Lieutenant-Colonels, Majors, etc., were not needed at the time the
25th Infantry made the charge on El Caney, and those officers
simply watched the battle from convenient points, as Lieutenants
and enlisted men made the charge alone. It has been reported that
the i2th U. S. Infantry made the charge, assisted by the 25th
Infantry, but it is a recorded fact that the 25th Infantry fought
the battle alone, the i2th Infantry coming up after the firing had
nearly ceased. Private T. C. Butler, Company H, 25th Infantry, was
the first man to enter the block-house at Bl Caney, and took
possession of the Spanish flag for his reg-- iment. An officer of
the i2th Infantry came up while Butler was in the house and ordered
him to give up the flag, which he was compelled to do, but not
until he had torn a piece off the flag to substantiate his report
to his Colonel of the injustice which had been done to him. Thus,,
by using the authority given him by his shoulder-straps, this
officer took for his regiment that which had been won by the
hearts' blood of some of the bravest, though black, soldiers of
Shafter's army. The charge of El Caney has been little spoken of,
but it was quite as great a show of bravery as the famous taking of
San Juan Hill. A word more in regard to the charge. It was not the
glorious run from the edge of some nearby thicket to the top of a
small hill, as many may imagine. This particular charge was a
tough, hard climb, over sharp, rising ground, which, were a man in
perfect physical strength he would climb slowly. Part of the charge
was made over soft, plowed ground, a part through a lot of prickly
pineapple plants and barbed-wire entanglements. It wa...
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