Spanish American War
The Spanish American War between Spain and the United States began in 1898 after the sinking of the American battleship Maine. The Navy was ready and began a blockade of Cuba soon after President McKinley signed the joint resolution on April 20, 1898. The Army, made radical changes to mobilize and grow their ranks from 28,000 to 50,000 troops. Through volunteers and the mobilization of state National Guard units they grew to 220,000 men.