Commodore Winfield S. Schley, Commander, Second Squadron, to Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, commander, North Atlantic Fleet
NORTH ATLANTIC FLEET.
Off Santiago de Cuba,
July 10/ 1898.
My dear Admiral:
1. I beg to enclose herewith a copy of a cipher telegram which I sent today to the Secretary of the Navy with a view to correcting the accounts in the newspapers of July 6th which attribute the victory of July 3d to me.
2. My official report indicates very clearly what my views are upon the subject and I beg to say that so long as I am serving under your orders, I shall do my duty loyally, fully and without reserve.
Commanding Second Squadron, N.A.Fleet
Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D.C., United States of America.
I feel some mortification that the newspaper accounts on July 6th have attributed the victory of July 3d almost entirely to me. The victory was secured by the forces under the command of the Commander-in-Chief of Naval Force on N.A.Station and to him the honor is due. The end of the line held by the BROOKLYN and the VIXEN was heavily assailed and had the honor, with the OREGON, being in the battle from the beginning to the end, and I do not doubt for a moment full and proper credit will be given all persons and all ships in the official report of the combat.
Source Note: TCy, RG 313, Entry 70. Addressed below close: “The Commander-in-Chief,/North Atlantic Fleet.” Document reference: “#M66.” Schley also enclosed a copy of the coded cipher cable that he sent to Long. The editors have chosen to print only the decoded translation.