Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Station
RECEIVED at 145 pm Apl 21 1898
Dated Washington DC 21
To Sampson Keywest Fla
you are assigned to Command of the men & forces on the north Atlantic station with the rank of a rear Admiral. Hoist the flag of a rear admiral immediately
Source Note: C, DNA, RG 313 Entry 47.