North Atlantic Fleet Squadron Bulletin No. 17
U. S. Flagship New York. Off Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 1898.
GENERAL Shafter established his headquarters yesterday at the front, and it is not unlikely that an advance will take place to-day. Our forces are in plain sight of Santiago. It is stated that there is a large number of points in the city marked with the red cross flag. There was desultory musketry firing in the evening.
Two locomotives at Sibouney have been repaired and are now in use on the railway there. Sibouney appears to be much the better landing of the two used; the little bay affords very considerable shelter from the S. E. swell, and a considerable number of ships can anchor there.
The British steamer Adula, with Senor Chaves, sub-Secretary to Captain-General Blanco, is seeking to communicate with this part of the coast and should be carefully looked out for.
The blockade off Cape Cruz has been re-enforced by the addition of the Manning, Scorpion, Hist and Wompatuck.
The Suwanee (Lieutenant-Commander Delehanty,) made a close inspection of the batteries to-day (at 1000 to 1200 yards). The West Battery now has three guns of good size, apparently 6-in. and two ship’s guns of 5-in., with shields. The East Battery, three of 6 or 8-in. and two of 5-in.; protection is being thrown up at the East Battery to the Eastward, at right angles to the coast line.
The cable has been picked up off Sibouney, cut and taken into shore, so that communication is now complete between here and Washington.
Source Note: Printed, DLC-MSS, Papers of William F. Fullam. This bulletin was produced on a printing press on New York (the flagship of RAdm. William T. Sampson’s North Atlantic Fleet) and was distributed to the vessels. It is listed as number 17 in Squadron Bulletins, 13-14.