Adjutant General Henry C. Corbin to Major General William R. Shafter
Washington, June 7, 1898—7.50 p.m.
General Shafter, Tampa, Fla.:
That you may know the exact situation, the President directs me to send you the following from Sampson:
“Bombarded forts at Santiago 7.30 to 10 a.m. to-day, June 6. Have silenced works quickly without injury of any kind, though stationed 2,000 yards. If 10,000 men were here, city and fleet would be ours within forty-eight hours. Every consideration demands immediate army movement. If delayed, city will be defended more strongly by guns taken from fleet.
He further says that you will sail as indicated in your telegram, but with not less than 10,000 men.
H. C. Corbin, Adjutant-General
Source Note Print: Correspondence—War with Spain, vol. 1, pp. 29-30. Below the letter is printed the following note: “Same telegram sent by Secretary of War [Russell A. Alger] to Gen. Shafter or Maj. Gen. [Nelson] Miles. Dispatch referred to apparently missing.”