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

May 1898     

Dated Mare Island Cal   16

To Secy   Navy     Washn    DC

Relative Charleston sailing- Ammunition not ready, Eight inch powder arrive Sunday morning five oclock, commenced filled charges eight oclock Sunday morning have been working night & day will commence loading ammunition today finish her tomorrow probably ready to sail early Wednesday morning1

               Kirkland, Comdt

Source Note: C, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 320. Cable was handwritten on “THE WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH COMPANY,” stationary and includes information entered by the telegrapher.

Footnote 1: The protected cruiser Charleston did not leave to join Dewey’s squadron until 21 May 1898. See, Kirkland to Long, 21 May 1898, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 320.

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