Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Rear Admiral Montgomery Sicard, Commander, North Atlantic Station
[Washington, D.C.] March 17, 1898.
The Department herby directs the formation of
division SQUADRON of the North Atlantic Squadron FLEET, to be assembled, without delay, in Hampton Roads, Virginia. This division SQUADRON will consist of the following named vessels:
TEXAS, MASSACHUSETTS, MINNEAPOLIS, COLUMBIA and BROOKLYN.
Other vessels may be added to this
division SQUADRON later.
You will be ordered, by telegraph, today, to send the TEXAS and MASSACHUSETTS to Hampton Roads. It is proposed that this
division SQUADRON of your squadron FLEET shall be commanded by a Flag Officer; you will be informed who this officer is as soon as he has been selected.
John D. Long
Source Note: TLS, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 227. Addressed below close: “Commander-in-Chief/U.S. Naval Force,/North Atlantic Station,/Key West, Fla.” Reference number in right-hand corner: “97311.” In the top center are the typist’s initials: “EC.”