Photo of the Pioneers of the USS Maine
(Photograph by E. H. Hart)

"This detachment of sturdy pioneers is from the battleship Maine so treacherously destroyed in the harbor of Havana. The pioneers of an army of invasion are detailed to form roads, dig trenches, make bridges and prepare for the advancing regiments; and the pioneers above pictured bear a corresponding relation to the fighting men aboard a man-of-war. Armed with axes and tool bags and as few appurtenances as possible these muscular fellows oftentimes work wonders in the space of a few hours." - Johnston

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