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Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet, to Major General Nelson A. Miles

     U. S. F. S. New York, 1st rate,

              Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, July 20, 1898.

S I R :--

     Referring to your letter of this date:--1

     The Cincinnati is ordered by telegraph here; she is either at Key West, or within easy reach from there on the Havana blockade. The Annapolis, Wasp, Leyden, ordered to attack Port Nipe, have been ordered to Cape San Juan to assist in the expedition. The Gloucester will be added[.] Three monitors will join the expedition.

     The Cincinnati, Yale, Columbia, Annapolis, Wasp, Gloucester and Leyden are amply sufficient to cover the landing of ten thousand men at the point named, without the monitors. The first four are capable of silencing anything short of heavy guns in position.

Very respectfully,

W. T. S A M P S O N,

Rear Admiral, U. S. Navy,

North Atlantic Station.

Source Note: TD, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 235. Addressed below close: “Nelson A. Miles,/Major General, Commanding U.S.Army.” Document reference: “27.”

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