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Lieutenant Commander Daniel Delehanty to Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet


U.S.S. Suwanee,

Off Daiquiri, Cuba,             

June 22, 1898.


    In compliance with your Order of Battle, dated the 21st inst.,1 I have the honor to report that I reported alongside the flagship at 3 a.m. of this date, and at 4.20 a.m. took in tow the boats of the flagship and Iowa, to be used in disembarking the troops of the U.S. Army at this point, reporting at 6 a.m. to Captain C.F. Goodrich,2 of the St. Louis, in charge of the disembarkation, turning the boats over to his charge.

    Captain Goodrich directed me to proceed, on the making of the signal from the Seguranca that the troops were ready to land,3 close in to the beach and shell the enemy. This signal was made about 10 a.m. and this ship, at once, entered the roadstead within fifty yards of the beach, fired one 4” shell and forty 6 pdrs., which fire was not returned. We were followed closely by the Wompatuck and the first detachment of the landing force, which secured a landing without any opposition whatever.

Very respectfully,

D. Delehanty

Lieut. Commdr., U.S.N.


Source Note: ALS, DNA, RG 313, Entry 48. Addressed below close: “To/Rear Admiral W.T. Sampson, U.S.N.,/Commander-in-Chief, North Atlantic Fleet.” Stamp below place/date line: “RECEIVED/FLAG-SHIP N. A. STATION,/JUN 1898.” Docketed on separate sheet: “U.S.S. Suwanee,/Off Daiquiri, Cuba,/June 22, 1898./Delehanty, D.,/Lieut. Comdr., U.S.N./Report of landing of troops/at Daiquiri and work done/by this vessel.”

Footnote 2: Capt. Caspar R. Goodrich.

Footnote 3: Maj. Gen. William R. Shafter had his headquarters on Seguranca.

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