Assistant Secretary of the Navy Charles H. Allen to Rear Admiral Frederick V. McNair, Supervisor of the Naval Academy
BUREAU OF NAVIGATION,
Washington, August 20, 1898.
Department will release Admiral Cervera and Officers at any time on their own parole and enlisted men on parole of the Admiral. They cannot be released on any other condition. Your attention is invited to the fact that some twenty thousand men were paroled in this manner by the General Commanding at Santiago, and that
most many of them already returned to Spain.
Allen Acting Secy
Source Note: CbCyS, DNA, RG 24, Entry 428, p. 30. Addressed before opening: “Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.” Document on Navy Department, Bureau of Navigation, stationery. Document reference: “official busines,/No.133538.”