Captain Charles D. Sigsbee to Eliza Lockwood Sigsbee
Havana Feby 16 
Maine blown up last night totally wrecked all officers Saved but Jenkins and Merritt who were probably Killed about 250 Killed I am uninjured but have lost absolutely Everything but thin Sack Coat trousers and shirt will borrow money of General Lee estimate My pecuniary loss fifteen hundred dollars
Source Note: C, N, Charles D. Sigsbee Papers. The cable, which is two pages long, lacks punctuation. It is addressed before opening: “Mrs CD Sigsbee 1632 Riggs Place/Washington.” It is on a regular cable message form of the Western Union Telegraph Company with all the standard information and advertising. There are a series of informational boxes immediately before the text of the cable. These boxes, which are filled, appear: “NUMBER SENT BY REC’D BY No. OF WORDS FROM/ 10C U O US Govt 62 Havana Feby 16.” Also written on the cable is “1 PM” which is presumably the time the cable was received in Washington. On the second page of the cable only the box for “NUMBER” and “FROM” is filled in. In the former is “10C”; in the latter is “Sigsbee” with a “2” enclosed in a circle.