President William McKinley to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
General Shafter and Admiral Sampson should confer at once for cooperation in taking Santiago. After the fullest exchange of views they should be left to determine the time and manner of attack.
July 5, 1898.
Source Note: TDS, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 233. Addressed open: “To the Secretary of the Navy.” This order was forwarded by Long to Capt. ArentS. Crowninshield as a handwritten note with the additional words: “Please convey this order to Sampson.”