Major General William R. Shafter to Adjutant General Henry C. Corbin
Playa del Este.
1:07 pm. Headquarters U.S.Force,near San Juan River,
I regard as necessary that the Navy force an entrance into the harbor Santiago not later than the 6th instant and assist in the capture of the place. If they do I believe the place will surrender without further sacrifice of life.
Major General, U.S.A.
7 am, July 5, 1898.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 233. Addressed before opening: “Adjutant General, U.S.A.,/Washington.” Addressed below close: “H.C.Corbin/July 5, 1898 Adjutant General, U.S.A.” There is a note at the bottom of the page: “Official copy respectfully furnished to the/Honorable/the Secretary of the Navy/July 5,1898. H.C.Corbin,/Adjutant General, U.S.A.”