Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Commodore George C. Remey, Commandant, Key West Naval Base
BUREAU OF NAVIGATION,
June 28, 1898.
Naval Base, Key West, Fla.
Twelve Army transports are now ready to leave Tampa for Santiago via Key West. Furnish them with convoy from Key West to Santiago three vessels, preferably cruisers. Communicate with Commanding General at Tampa on this subject.1 Inform Navigation2 what vessels will be sent.
Source Note: C, signed, DNA, RG 45, Entry 29. At upper right corner: “(OFFICIAL BUSINESS)/No.______/.” Under date in handwriting: “122645.” Document is on “Bureau fo Navigation,” stationery.
Footnote 1: The commanding general at Tampa was Maj. Gen. John J. Coppinger.
Footnote 2: “Navigation” is a reference to the Bureau of Navigation.