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Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Captain William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Station

Dated Washington, D.C. Mar 29-98

To Sampson, Flagship New York, Key West, Fla.

The department desires you to carefully consider if it would not be better to have the capt of the flagship1 your chief of staff instead of another officer.


Source Note: C, DNA, RG 313, Entry 32. Heading on cable: “The International Ocean Telegraph Co.” Stamp: “RECEIVED FLAGSHIP N.A. STATION. MAR 29 1898.”

Footnote 1: Capt. French E. Chadwick was the commander of New York and chief of staff for the North Atlantic Fleet.

Footnote 2: The message was sent at 11:43 AM.

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