Rear Admiral George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Squadron, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
To...Secretary of Navy
Subject...Capture of Manila.
Sent to Honkong by Zafiro Aug.14.
Manila surrendered today to our land and naval forces after a short combined attack. A division of the squadron shelled the fort and intrenchments at Malate on the south side of the city driving back enemy our army advancing on that side at the same time.
City surrendered about 5 p.m. the United States flag being hoisted by Lieutenant Brumby of my staff.
About 7000 prisoners of war were taken. The squadron had no casualties no vessel injured.
On August 7th General Merritt and I jointly formally demanded surrender of city which the Spanish governor general refused.
The Monadnock has not yet arrived.
Source Note: Cy, DLC-MSS, PGD.