Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Commodore George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Squadron
From Secretary of Navy.
Date May 7, 1898.
Subject President’s thanks,
and troops coming.
Received at Cavite May 10.
The President in the name of the American people thanks you and your officers and men for your splendid achievement an overwhelming victory.
In recognition he has appointed you acting Rear Admiral and will recommend a vote of thanks to you by Congress as a foundation for further promotion.
The Charleston will leave at once with what ammunition they can carry.
Pacific Mail S.S.Co’s steamer Pekin will follow with ammunition and supplies, and will take troops unless you telegraph otherwise.
How many will you require?
Source Note: CyC, DLC-MSS, PGD.