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Naval History and Heritage Command

Commodore Winfield S. Schley, Commander, Second Squadron, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long

 

Spanish Squadron came out of Santiago harbor this morning July 3rd at 9:30 and were all captured or destroyed in a running  fight to the westward of about three and one half hours. Very few casualties in our fleet; Ellis,1 chief yeoman killed and one man wounded on the BROOKLYN. Reports from other ships not in yet. The Commander-in-Chief2 now superintending transfer of prisoners from Cristobal Colon which surrendered to the BROOKLYN and OREGON a 1:10 p.m. About one thousand prisoners in all including Spanish Admiral.3 Victory complete; details later.

 

Schley.

Source Note: C, DNA, RG 313, Entry 70. Addressed before open: “Secnavy, Washington,D.C., United States of America.” Handwritten across text between parallel lines: “not sent.” Document also features a cipher code at the bottom.

Footnote 1: Chief Yeoman George W. Ellis.

Footnote 2: RAdm. William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet.

Footnote 3: That is, Christóbal Colón and RAdm. Pascual Cervera y Topete.

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