- Battle of Rio Manimani
Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Mani-Mani
July 23, 1898
place=Bahia Hondo, near
result=Strategic Spanish victory
combatant1=flagicon|Spain|1785 Kingdom of Spain
Republic of Cuba
strength2=12 cavalry 250 infantry
casualties2=3 dead 10 wounded
The Battle of the Manimani, a failed American landing attempt west of
Havana, was one of the final engagements of the Spanish-American Warin Cuba.
July 23 1898, Lieutenant John Heard anchored his force at the mouth of the Mani-Mani Riverand began unloading supplies intended for the Cuban insurgents operating in northwestern Cuba, unaware that the Spanish had discovered his presence and assembled a large force of cavalryin the environs.
Catching the Americans off guard, Spanish cavalry advanced out onto the beach and opened fire upon the landing parties. Heard ordered his men to take cover and return fire. Pounded by accurate American volleys, the Spanish withdrew back into the jungle.
Lieutenant Heard used the temporary respite to order an immediate retreat, evacuating his wounded into the USS "Wanderer" and preparing to lift anchor just as the Spaniards reappeared, unleashing a hail of fire at those on the deck.
For his remarkable calm and courage in the heat of battle at Mani-Mani, John Heard was later awarded a
Medal of Honornoting, "after two men had been shot down by Spaniards while transmitting orders to the engine-room on the "Wanderer", the ship having become disabled, this officer took the position held by them and personally transmitted the orders, remaining at his post until the ship was out of danger."
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