Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
U. S. S. IOWA, 1st Rate,
Off San Juan, Porto Rico.
May 12th, 1898.
A portion of the Squadron under my command reached San Juan this morning at daybreak. No armed vessels were found in the port. As soon as it was sufficiently light I commenced an attack upon the batteries defending the City. This attack lasted about three hours, and resulted in much damage to the batteries and incidentally to portions of the city adjacent to the batteries. The batteries replied to our fire but without material effect. One man was killed on board the NEW YORK and four slightly wounded in the Squadron. No serious damage to any ship resulted.
Source Note: CbCy, DNA, RG 313, Entry 32, vol. 7, p. 112. Document reference: “No. 73.