gram from the Secretary of War:
Washington, D. C., July 13, 1898. Major-General Miles:
You may accept surrender by granting parole to officers and men, the officers retaining their side-arms.
The officers and men after parole to return to Spain, the United States assisting.
If not accepted, then assault, unless in your judgment an assault would fail.
Consult with Sampson and pursue such course as to the assault as you jointly agree upon.
Matter should be settled promptly.
R. A. Alger, Secretary of War.
Thus, as will be seen, the matter was left entirely within my discretion.
Immediately thereafter I communicated with Admiral Sampson, requesting him to have his preparations completed to cover the landing of troops at the point designated, Cabanas Bay, on the west side of the entrance of Santiago Harbor, at twelve o'clock on the following day. I also gave direction to the generals commanding the troops on board the transports to complete their preparations for landing