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On June 24, 1898, a group of Indian Territory men took part in one of the first battles of the Spanish-American War on a hot tropical day in Cuba. The United States had entered into the war in aid of Cuba’s fight for independence from Spain. President William McKinley commissioned an all-volunteer cavalry unit to send to Cuba. The plan was for this unit to be filled with men from the western territories – Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Indian Territory.