Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Rear Admiral William A. Kirkland, Commandant, Mare Island Navy Yard, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long

May5 1898          

Dated Mare Island Calif 5

To Secy Navy WDC

     Charleston Commissioned1 at eleven this morning

Capt H Glass2     Kirkland

                   Comdt

Source Note: C, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 320. Cable was handwritten on “THE WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH COMPANY,” stationary. Document has a rectangular “BUREAU OF NAVIGATION,” stamp dated 8 May 1898. “Capt. H Glass” was handwritten addition in another hand.

Footnote 1: Charleston was one of the United States Navy’s earliest protected cruisers. It had been out of commission since 27 July 1896, berthed at San Francisco. The Navy refitted and manned Charleston in April 1898.

Footnote 2: Capt. Henry Glass was named commander of Charleston.

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