Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
July 3, 1898.
The fleet under my command offers the nation as a Fourth of July present the whole of Cervera’s fleet. It attempted to escape at 9.30 this morning. At 2 the last ship, the Cristobal Colon, had run ashore 75 miles west of Santiago and hauled down her colors. The Infanta Maria Teresa, Oquendo, and Vizcaya were forced ashore, burned and blown up within 20 miles of Santiago. The Furor and Pluton were destroyed within 4 miles of the port.
Source Note: TCy, DLC-MSS, Papers of William T. Sampson. Addressed before opening: “Secretary of the Navy,/Washington,”