Captain Alfred T. Mahan, Acting President of the Naval War Board, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
Office of the Naval War Board.
June 3, 1898.
A telegram received today from Commodore Schley, off Santiago, lay stress upon his great need of light draft vessels for picket duty. The War Board recognizes the urgent necessity of vessels of that class, for the purpose specified, and it recommends that five of the ten light draft steamers or yachts, of the “Dorthea” and “Restless” class, originally purchased expressly for the naval service, and afterwards diverted to the Auxiliary Defense Fleet, should be at once despatched to reinforce Admiral Sampson, for use on picket line. It is meant, of course, that those which are to be sent, should be taken from those which are now ready, and not from those in course of preparation, as there is no reason to apprehend, for the moment and attack upon United States harbors; whereas, the decisive center of the war, at present, is off Santiago.
Acting President of the Board.
Source Note: TDS, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 231. Document on Naval War Board stationery.