Commodore George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Squadron, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
HONG KONG, May 7, 1898.
Secretary of Navy,
Washington. Cavite, May 4th. I have taken possession of naval station at Cavite, Philippine Islands, and destroyed its fortifications. Have destroyed fortifications Bay entrance, paroling garrison. Have cut cable to mainland. I control Bay completely and can take city at any time, but have not sufficient men to hold. Have circulated information transports Manila (word gone) I am permitted intercourse with small tug. The squadron in excellent health and spirits. The Spanish loss not fully known. Very heavy. 150 killed, including captain on Reina Christina alone. I am assisting and protecting Spanish sick and wounded 250 in number in hospital xxxxxxx within our lines. Will ammunition be sent? I request answer without delay. I can supply squadron coal provisions for a long period. Much excitement at Manila. Scarcity of provisions on account of not having economized stores. Will protect foreign residents.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 363.