Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
April 18, 1898.
Until we have power to call out the Naval Militia all that the officer in charge of them can do is to arrange by consultation with their leaders what steps should be taken when hostilities begin. This he has been directed to do.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Station should be at once ordered to return to San Francisco. he should then undertake the protection of the Pacific Coast, using his own discretion, but providing that the Monterey and Monadnock with their scouts should protect San Francisco and Puget Sound, and that one of the vessels should be kept at San Francisco to cruise up and down the coast wherever needed; that if possible a war vessel should protect southern California, and that at least five vessels, with their headquarters at Unalaska and Sitka, should be used in protecting the coal piles and Yukon trade from the mouth of the Yukon to Puget Sound.
Source Note: TLS, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 319. Addressed below close: “The Honorable,/The Secretary of the Navy.” The letter is written on stationery so “Theodore Roosevelt,/Assistant Secretary” is printed.