Secretary of War Russell A. Alger to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
May 31, 1898.
In answer to you inquiry of this date as to what means are to be employed by the War Department for landing troops, etc., I beg to reply that the Major-General Commanding the expedition will land his own troops. All that is required of the Navy is to convoy and protect with the guns of the convoy while the military forces are landed.
R A Alger
Secretary of War.
Source Note: TDS, AFNRC, M625, roll 363. Addressed below close: “Hon. John D. Long,/Secretary of the Navy.” Document on War Department stationery.