Assistant Secretary of the Navy Charles A. Allen to Secretary of War Russell A. Alger
Washington, June 9, 1898.
Referring to the expedition destined to Santiago de Cuba, I have the honor to inform you that it is expected that the convoy of men-of-war, reinforced by two armored ships from Admiral Sampson’s fleet, will be coaled and ready to start for Santiago by the evening of Monday, the 13th instant, or by the morning of the following day, without regard to the Spanish ships.
The Board is of
the opinion that the Army transports/should not move from the vicinity of Tampa until about 20 hours before the naval convoy will be coaled and ready to start. This latter time, though estimated as above, cannot be closely fixed today, but probably can be by tomorrow evening.
CHAS. H. ALLEN,
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 80, Entry 194, vol. 1, p. 176-1/2. Addressed before opening: “The Honorable,/The Secretary of War.”