Captain Charles D. Sigsbee to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
Maine blown up in Havana harbor at nine forty to night and destroyed. Many wounded and doubtless more Killed or drowned Wounded and others on board Spanish man of war and Ward Line Steamer.
City of Wash Send Light House Tenders from Key West— want the derricks for removable effects to take movable equipment from wreck, some of which is above water for crew and the few pieces of equipment above water_ Noone has clothing other than that upon him_ Public Opinion should be suspended until further report_ All Officers believed to be saved. Jenkins and Merritt not yet accounted for_ Sigsbee Span Representative of General Many Spanish Officers including representative of General Blanco now with me to express Sympathy
Source Note: C, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 226. The cable is undated, but was sent the night of 15 February. It was written on the stationery of the New York and Cuba Mail Steamship Company, James E. Ward & Co., Agents. The heading includes information about the company and the mail steamships routes. It is numbered “189.” On 25 February, a New York newspaper printed a “facsimile [of the] rough copy of telegram,” much to the distress of the Secretary of the Navy. See, Long to Montgomery Sicard, 25 February 1898, DNA, RG 45, Entry 28.