Captain Charles D. Sigsbee to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
Mole, St. Nicholas, [Haiti]
June 27, 1898.
St. Paul to Hampton Roads or New York<, by> Sampsons orders, for coal, ammunition, replace stores, transferring <(men)>, repair engine, and for five inch <gun> carriages. Here en route to recommend Commander-in-Chief more vessels permanently and promptly for San Juan, Porto Rico<,> to make blockade effective. Chasing frequent, boarding difficult, for auxiliary
cruise <crews>, sea continually rough. Inside two unprotected cruisers, InfantaIsabelle type, two gun boats, and Terror. Wednesday afternoon St. Paul was attacked by one unprotected cruiser and Terror. Terror made a dash, which was awaited by St. Paul. Hit Terror thrice. Her engineer and two men were killed<,> and lost and wounded several. She got back with difficulty, <when> covered by fortification was towed. In a sinking condition when in the harbor. The report with reference to damage to hull and mechanism somewhat conflicting<,> according to Bias, as to extent, but agree as to number of hits and serious damage. Repairs going on day and night. Later one unprotected cruiser and one gu<gun>boat appeared but remained under cover of forts. Two of our five-inch carriages were bent or cracked by firing<, so that> Sighting <is> injured. St. Paul not hit. Yosemite off San Juan. He reports all well.
ALTERNARAS ABANICAZO Sigsbee.
Source Note: CCDecy, DLC-MSS, George G. Cortelyou Papers, Box 68. “TRANSLATION” at the top of the document means it was received as a coded message and deciphered. Someone handwrote in a number of additions and corrections; these have been indicated with angle brackets. The typist also occasionally omitted a space between words or after punctuation and the next word.