Rear Admiral George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Squadron, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
Hong Kong, June 6, 1898.
Secretary of Navy,
There are no guns of recent design available to mount upon shore, being without breech mechanism, mounts, or ammunition.1 There is no telegraphic communication Bolinao to Hong Kong. Have just received 4,500 tons of coal; I have sufficient coal for two months. Insurgents have been engaged actively within the province of Cavite during last week; they have won several small victories, taking prisoners about 1800 men, 50 officers, Spanish troops not native. I am preparing arsenal and Cavite for the occupation United States troops, and will have vessel off Cape Egano to meet United States transports.2
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 80, Entry 194, vol. 1, p. 166.
Footnote 1: Dewey was referring to guns captured from the Spanish.
Footnote 2: Cape Engaño is located off the northern tip of the island of Luzon.