Rear Admiral Montgomery Sicard, President of the Naval War Board, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
Office of Naval War Board,
Washington, D. C., June 17, 1898.
The Board understands that it has been definitely decided to send a military expedition to Porto Rico as soon as it can be fitted out, and in this connection the following information should be obtained from the War Department, as soon as available:
Where will the expedition start from, and when?
How many army transports will be employed?
How many days coal will each carry, steaming at ordinary sea speed?
This information is necessary in order that the Navy Department may take proper provisions regarding the convoy.
Rear Adml. Pres. of Board.
Source Note: TLS, DNA, RG 45, Entry 29. Addressed below close: “The Honorable,/The Secretary of the Navy.”