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Massachusetts Spanish American War Records
8th Massachusetts Infantry Roll of Honor. In every war the percentage
of deaths from disease is greater than of deaths on the battlefield,
and the Spanish war was no exception. Of the hundreds of Massachusetts
young men who volunteered and answered the call of President McKinley
for troops, 292 were called upon to sacrifice their lives for their
country. Of this number, but nine were killed or died of wounds on the
battlefield, the remaining 283 dying of disease or meeting death in
an accidental manner. The Eighth Massachusetts Infantry lost 31 men.
The Eighth Massachusetts Infantry contributed the lives of one officer
and 30 enlisted men, to which might be added the name of Private Charles
A. Currier of Company B, who died soon after being transferred to the
Hospital Corps, U. S. A. The great majority of these men died in the
hospitals in the south, far from home and friends. They gave up their
lives willingly to their country's cause, and who is there to say that
theirs was not as much a hero's death as that of the men who fell while
bravely charging through the Cuban jungles or up the steep slope of
San Juan Hill.