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Spanish Officers to Captain Charles S. Cotton

U.S.S. Harvard,

Off Altares, Cuba,

July 5, 1898.

Los abajo firmantes jefes oficiales y Guardias Marines de la Escuadra Espanol, prisoners de Guerra abordo del buque de los Estados Unidos de America el “Harvard”, samos nuestra palabra de honor de no tartar de escapamos, ni hacer armas contra su tripulacion, ni tartar de inutilizar sus maquinas ni artilleria, durante el viage del citado buque desde Santiago de Cuba a los Estados Unidos; y esta palabra es recojida por el Sr. Comandante del “Harvard” y al mismo tiempo hremos uso de toda nuestra influencia para suprimir cualquier desorden o levantamiento en armas del resto los prisoneros durante el citado viage.

    The undersigned chief officers and naval cadets of the Spanish Squadron, prisoners of war on board the United States Cruiser Harvard, give our word of honor not to try to escape nor to take arms against its crew; nor to try to make useless its artillery during voyage of said ship from Santiago de Cuba to the United States1 and this word is recognized by the Senior Commandant of the Harvard,2 and at the same time we will use all our influence to suppress any disorder or rising in arms of the rest of the prisoners during the said voyage.

Juan d Aznar                      Enrique Maria Lopez

3rd Comante del Infanta Ma Teresa   Teniente de Navio

Gerardo Armijo                    Rafael Perez Ojeda

Teniente de Navio                 Teniente de Navio

Adolfo Calandra                   Emilio Alcal

Teniente de Navio                 Teniente de Navio

Luis Berdejo                      TómasCalvar Tente de Navio

Teniente de Navio                

                                  NarcisoDiez Alferez de Navio

JaoquinChiqueri               R. Rodriguez NavarroAlferez

Teniente de Navio                        Marino

                     

                                  Alfredo Nardiz  Alferez de

                                     Navio

Alfonso de Meer Alferez de Navio   Capitan de G Ma.

                                    Angel [Zdado?]

Francisco Callo  Alferez de Navio

Contador de Navio

Eduardo Urdapilleta                 1st Medico

                                  Salvador [Secida?]

2d Medico                         Benito Martinez

Eduardo Parra

2a Capellán                       Marquinista Mayor de 1a

José Riera Senác               Francisco Frey

Guardia Marina                    Marquinista Mayor de 2a.

QuirinoGutierrez                   Carlos Garcia

Guardia Marina                    Guardia Marina

Ignacio Fossi                      Jose Barreda

Guardia Marina                    Antonio Bartolomé

José Velasco de la Peña               Guardia Marina

                                  Juan Munoz-Delgado

RaimundoTorres                      Juan P. Diez-Escribano

Emilio P. del Pobil Alferez de Navio

                                  Guardia Marina

                                  Juan B. Bovez

Source Note: TLS, DLC-MSS, Papers of Charles S. Cotton. In handwriting upper right corner: “Witness/Joseph Beale/Lieutenant U.S.N./E. A. Brooks,/Naval Cadet, U.S.N.” There are two copies of this document, one in English and one in Spanish, with the same signed names, although the placement of the last name, Juan Baptiste Bovez, is different on the two pages.

Footnote 1: The enlisted Spanish prisoners were taken to Seavey’s Island, NH, while the majority of the officers were sent to the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. The seriously wounded were taken to the naval hospital in Norfolk, VA. Chadwick, Relations of the United States and Spain, II, 189.

Footnote 2: Capt. Charles S. Cotton.

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