Brigadier General Henry C. Corbin, Adjutant General of the United States Army, to Brigadier General Thomas M. Anderson
Washington, May 23, 1898.
Gen. E.S. Otis, San Francisco, Cal.:
The Secretary of War directs that General Anderson, or the senior officer of the troops sailing on the Pekin, Australia, and Sydney for the Philippines, on arrival will confer fully with Admiral Dewey as to the whole situation and dispose of the troops so as to have them under the protection of the guns of the Admiral’s fleet until the arrival of the main force of the army under General Merritt and General Otis. Importance of the speedy return of transports going with these troops should be kept in view. This instruction is not intended to deprive General Anderson of the fullest discretion after consultation with Admiral Dewey. Hearty cooperation with the senior officer of the Navy is enjoined. He must, however, be governed by events and circumstances of which we can have no knowledge. The President and Secretary of War rely upon the sound judgment of the officer in command. Acknowledge receipt.
By command Major-General Miles:
H.C. Corbin, Adjutant-General.
Source Note Print: Correspondence-War with Spain, 2: 668-69.