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Captain Alfred T. Mahan to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long

Navy Department,

Office of Naval War Board.

Washington, D. C.,      June 3, 1898.

Memorandum for the Secretary of the Navy.      

          It is learned that the Hospital Ship “Solace” has gone to New York, from Key West.

          As soon as practicable, after her arrival, the Board recommends that she be sent to Admiral Sampson,1 off Santiago, as she has been asked for by Commodore Schley,2 the present senior officer on the blockade of that place.

          From an interview with the Surgeon General of the Navy,3 it is learned that it is the intention of the Bureau of Medicine to send the “Solacethere to Sampson.

Very respectfully,          

A.T. Mahan             

Captain, U.S.N.,

Acting President of the Board. 

Source Note: TDS, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 231. Document on “War Board,” stationery. “Of the Bureau of Medicine,” and “to Sampson,” were handwritten additions.

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

Footnote 2: Commo. Winfield S. Schley, Commander, Flying Squadron.

Footnote 3: Commo. William K. Van Reypen, Surgeon General of the Navy.

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