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North Atlantic Squadron General Order Number 14

NORTH ATLANTIC STATION,

U. S. FLAGSHIP NEW YORK, (1st Rate,)

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, CUBA.

July 14, 1898.

Squadron General Order No. 14.

  1.--In consequence of the prevalence of yellow fever among the Army, especially at Sibouney,1 no communication is to be had with that or other point occupied by the Army except such as military necessity may require. Where communication can be had by signal that method is preferable. No one from an infected point or who has had contact with the Army shall be allowed on board any vessel except when required as above and then due precautions against infection shall be taken. Intercourse with Cubans shall be reduced as far as practicable. Prisoners to be thoroughly disinfected and their clothing destroyed. In fine, non-intercourse, as complete as possible, shall be observed.2

  2.--On shipboard opportunities for bathing and changing wet clothing are to be afforded the men, they must not sleep in wet clothing, nor in clothing worn during the day, and awnings shall be spread when the exigencies of the service allow.

WILLIAM T. SAMPSON,

Rear Admiral,  

Commander-in-Chief, U. S. Naval Force,

North Atlantic Station.

Source Note: D, DNA, RG 45, Entry 464.

Footnote 1: That is, Siboney, Cuba.

Footnote 2: Squadron General Order No. 11, issued in June 1898, stipulated measures designed to protect naval landing parties and camping sites from outbreaks of disease. These regulations included: The boiling of all water used for drinking, cooking or cleaning; changing of clothing twice daily; light duty during the hottest part of the day; the placement of camp sites in dry, elevated locations with tents facing away from marshes, swamps, or bodies of water; and barring of naval personnel from sleeping in churches or hospitals. DNA, RG 45, Entry 464.

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