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Eastern Squadron General Order No. 1

U. S. Flagship NEWARK,

Guantanomo Bay, Cuba,

July 10, 1898.

SQUADRON GENERAL ORDER No. 1-

     By direction of the Honorable Secretary of the Navy1 I have this day assumed command of the Eastern Squadron; and will transfer my broad pennant to the U. S. S. Oregon when that vessel shall have completed coaling.

     My person staff will consist of the following officers:-

Captain Charles E. Clark,                        Chief of Staff.

Lieutenant Commander, R. G. Davenport,2 Flag Lieutenant.

Ensign, Leon S. Thompson,                  Flag Secretary.

     The Squadron at present assembled consists of the following vessels:-

     U. S. S. MASSACHUSETTS.

     U. S. S. NEWARK.

     U. S. S. Oregon.

     U. S. S. DIXIE.

     The order will be read at General Muster on board all vessels of the Squadron upon its receipt.

J. C. Watson,

Commodore U. S. N.,

Commander-in-Chief,

Eastern Squadron.

Source Note: TD, DNA, RG 313, Entry 53. Stamped at top: “RECEIVED/FLAG-SHIP N. A. STATION,/JUL 9 1898.”

Footnote 1: Secretary of the Navy John D. Long.

Footnote 2: Lt. Cmdr. Richard G. Davenport.

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