Spanish - American War: Declaration Of War
The congress of the United States enacted the following, approved by the President, April 25, 1898: AN ACT declaring that war exists between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Spain. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled: First. That war be, and the same is hereby, declared to exist, and that war has existed since the twenty-first day of April, Anno Domini, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, including said day, between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Spain. Second. That the President of the United States be, and he hereby is, directed and empowered to use the entire land and naval forces of the United States, and to call into the actual service of the United States the militia of the several states, to such extent as may be necessary to carry this act into effect. Approved, April 25, 1898. Before passing the foregoing act Congress has demanded that the government of Spain relinquish its authority in the island of Cuba, and had directed the President of the United States to use the military and naval forces of the country to carry its demands into effect and made provisions for increasing the military establishment of the United States.