Although captioned "The Death of Ensign Bagley", this 1899 painting fails to mention the extraordinary heroism of the officers and men of the Revenue Cutter Hudson. On May 11, 1898 at Cardenas, Cuba, this 96-foot harbor tug, at far left in the painting, spent two hours under heavy fire from Spanish shore batteries and, ironcially, coast guard vessels rescuing the U. S. Torpedo Boat Winslow that was disabled by heavy bombardment from Spanish Army artillery and naval gunboat fire. The Hudson continued counter-battery fire during the entire evolution; a remarkable feat considering just a month earlier Hudson was unarmed and performing revenue duties in New York harbor.
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