Rear Admiral Montgomery Sicard, President, Naval War Board, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
Office of Naval War Board,
Washington, D. C.,
June 14, 1898.
The Board recommends that the following telegram be sent to Admiral Sampson:
President of the Board.
From a very reliable source is learned that five small Spanish cruisers and only one armed transport is in San Juan, Porto Rico. No more army supplies. Provisions nearly gone. Twenty-two thousand tons of coal there and only three hours supply of shells at their forts; but it would be well not to trust too much the statement about shells. Department advises you to blockade at once the cruisers and transport in San Juan and prevent their escape. Is the Terror one of them? Our Army transports and convoy are now leaving Tampa.
John D. Long
Source Note: TLS, DNA, RG 45, Entry 372.