Secretary of War Russell A. Alger to Major General Nelson A. Miles
Washington,D.C.July 13, 1898.
You may accept surrender by granting parole to officers and men. The officers retaining their side arms. The officers and men after parole to be permitted to return to Spain, the United States assistant. If not accepted then assault unless in your judgment an assault would fail. Consult with Sampson and pursue such course as to the affair, as you jointly agree upon. Matter should be settled promptly.
R. A. Alger,
Secretary of War.
Source Note: TCy, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 234. Addressed open: “Major General Miles.” Stamped in right-hand corner: “RECEIVED/FLAG-SHIP N. A. STATION/JUL 14 1898.” In handwriting below sign off: “Please consider this confidential/Nelson A. Miles/[major genrl]/comdg.”