This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 Excerpt: ... vessels were not there Cienfuegos I held my position"--thereby losing many hours of invaluable time. At 7 A.m., May 24th, the MarbleTiead, ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 Excerpt: ... vessels were not there Cienfuegos I held my position"--thereby losing many hours of invaluable time. At 7 A.m., May 24th, the MarbleTiead, Commander Bowman Hendry McCalla, the Vixen, Lieutenant Alexander Sharp, Jr., and the Eagle, Lieutenant William Henry Hudson Southerland, arrived off Cienfuegos. About 10 A. M. the IfarbleTiead and Eagle proceeded to the landing place, thirteen and a half miles west of Sabanilla Point, communicated with the insurgents, landed stores for them, learned that the Spanish squadron was not in the harbor of Cienfuegos, rejoined the American force at 3.30 P.m., and reported to Commodore Schley the information obtained. Notwithstanding the fact that Commodore Schley had now received this all-important information--namely, that Cervera was not in Cienfuegos--and was free to proceed to Santiago, it appears that he seriously contemplated further useless delays, for, under date of May 24th, he wrote to Sampson, UI shall move eastward to-morrow " May 25th; and in another dispatch to Rear-Admiral George Collier Remey at Key West, Schley said, "I shall proceed to-morrow May 25th off Santiago de Cuba." Fortunately, however, Commodore Schley changed his mind, and about 8 P.m., May 24th, leaving the Castine off Cienfuegos to watch that port, he stood eastward with the Brooklyn, Massachusetts, Iowa and Texas in column; the MarbleJiead, Vixen and Eagle on the outer flank; and with the Merrimac shoreward. 1 Experiences of a Chaplain Ashore and Afloat, by Chaplain Jones, of the Texas, p. ISO. As there was a probability that the Flying Squadron, in sailing eastward, might pass Cervera's ships making for Cienfuegos, the court of inquiry criticised Schley's close-order formation, declaring that he should have disposed his vess...Read Less
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