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San Juan del Sur Expedition Nicaragua 07 Feb 1898 08 Feb 1898

During the year 1898 the American Marines were again land ed to protect the interests of the United States, Commander Eugene" H. C. Leutze relieved Commander Hanford in command of the AJfi_rt_, and arrived off San Juan del Sur in the early part of the year. In the first part of February the contend ing parties were engaged in open" hostilities. Musketry firing was quite general, as well as artillery at inter mittent intervals - some shells from the latter exploding in the water a short distance from the Alert, The American Consular Agent, Charles Holman, had acquainted Commander Leutze with the conditions ashore, and apparently had an understanding relative to the landing of Marines should their services be required.

The United States was represented by Commander Frederick M. Symonds, in the Marietta. The British government was also represented by HMS Intrepid, These two vessels were at anchor at Bluefields, about the middle of February, when the foreign merchants or the city petitioned their commanding officers to despatch a landing party ashore to protect the lives and property of foreigners. The American Vice-Consul from Greytbwn, F.Percy Scott, was aboard the Marietta, and he together with Commander Symonds, went ashore on the morning of February l3, to obtain first-hand information relative to conditions, No landing was made, however, until late in the evening of the 24th, when Lieutenant Frederic B, Bassett. Jr., a detachment of Marines and sailors, numbering about l5 men, and a Colt's automatic gun, together with a like force from the British ship, were sent ashore to guard foreign interests. The American force re turned to the Marietta about 7 o'clock on the evening of the 28th.

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