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Rear Admiral Montgomery Sicard, President of the Naval War Board, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long

Navy Department


Washington, D. C.,         July 19 1898

     The Board recommends that the following telegram be sent to Admiral Sampson.1


M Sicard                  

Rear Admiral,          

President of the Board.

          Cove under Cape San Juan seems to offer the best landing place for the Army in Porto Rico, from a naval point of view, and the Army has accepted it as suitable for their campaign on shore. Suggest a hydrographic reconnaissance by Hanus2 or other skillful man at time of arrival of squadron and shoals buoyed just before taking heavy ships in.

Source Note: CbCy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 371, p. 185. Document on Secretary Long’s stationery.

Footnote 1: RAdm. William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet.

Footnote 2: Lt. Gustavus C. Hanus.

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