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, chief yeoman killed and one man wounded on the BROOKLYN. Reports from other ships not in yet. The Commander-in-Chief 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. Victory complete; details later.
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.