Rear Admiral Montgomery Sicard, President, Naval War Board, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
office of naval war board.
Washington, D. C., July 1st, 1898.
The Board recommends that the following telegram be sent to Admiral Sampson.
Rear Adml. Pres. of Board.
Referring to Department’s telegram of the 24th ultimo, beginning MAZZERINO CONSPIRATO, the prospective advance of Camara towards the East makes it very desirable that Watson’s Squadron should begin to move. Telegraph when you can send it, having regard to your necessities at Santiago. His cruisers and armored ships should be full of coal. The Department does not wish to weaken you, but a diversion in Dewey’s favor by positive operations is necessary.
Source Note: TLS, DNA, RG 45, Entry 372. Document on “Naval War Board,” stationery.