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Rear Admiral Montgomery Sicard, President, Naval War Board, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long

Navy Department,

Office of the Naval War Board.

Washington, D. C.,

July 26th 1898.

     The Board recommends that the following telegram be sent to Admiral Sampson.1



Rear Adml., Pres. of Board.

     You will prepare a letter to Commodore Howell2 turning over to him the command of the North Atlantic Station, during your absence, giving him an account of the stations and duties of the vessels of the fleet, with copies of unexecuted orders. Have a vessel ready to send to him with these papers the moment you are ordered to proceed on new3 duty assigned.

Source Note: CbCyS, DNA, RG 45, Entry 372. Document on “Naval War Board” stationery so the opening lines, to the date, are printed.

Footnote 1: RAdm. William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet. Sampson had been given command of a diversionary squadron that was to accompany the Eastern Squadron to Europe. See: Long to Sampson, 15 July 1898.

Footnote 2: Commo. John A. Howell, Commander, First Blockading Squadron.

Footnote 3: The word “new” was a handwritten interlineation.

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