Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
Santiago, July 17, 1898.
I had understood that General Shafter and myself should sign capitulation jointly, as were so acting under the orders of the President; but General Shafter refused upon arrival of my representative. I request it be clearly understood that all ships to be turned over to the Navy.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 80, Entry 194, vol. 1, p. 286. Addressed before opening: “Secretary of the Navy,/Washington.”