Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet, to Major General William R. Shafter
U. S. F. S. New York, 1st Rate,
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,
August 2, 1898.
As the principal ships on the southern blockade are to depart from these waters for a cruise to the Mediterranean, it is probably right and proper that I should inform you that they may leave Guantanamo on Friday next.
2. It has for some time been in contemplation to remove the small Battalion of Marines that have been encamped on the borders of the Bay, to some other point, where they would not probably be of more service than at Guantanamo. As I am unaware of what your intentions are with regard to the Army,--and if it is compatible with your duties—-I would be pleased to learn whether you intend to occupy the country westward of Santiago; or in which direction you are most likely to operate; because it is my wish to co-operate with you as far as I am able to do so, and this plan of co-operation would determine whether the Marines should be moved to Manzanillo or some point to the westward; or whether they should go at once to a point on the northern coast of the Island, where their services are now needed.
3. I have received your telegram of August 1st, and beg to inform you that in asking for an opportunity to sign the terms of the capitulation of the Province of Santiago, I was acting in conformity with a telegram from the Secretary of War, transmitted to me by the Honorable Secretary of the Navy.
WT Sampson com
Rear Admiral,U. S. Navy,
Commander in Chief, U.S.Naval Force,
North Atlantic Station.
Source Note: CyS, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 237. Addressed below close: “Major General/Wm. R. SHAFTER, U. S. V.,/Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.” Reference number at the top of both pages of the letter: “No. 36.”