The Great Republic by the Master Historians The First Stroke of the War in Manila Bay byBancroft, Hubert H.
[The first act in the opening of hostilities was the withdrawal of our Minister
to the court of Spain, General Woodford, which took place on April 21. He was
given his passports before he could present the ultimatum with which he was
entrusted by the President. The United States Government announced its intention
to blockade Cuban ports, and Admiral Sampson sailed with his fleet on the 22d.
The blockade was maintained for a long time without any gratifying results.
Meanwhile the Asiatic squadron under Commodore Dewey, then lying in the harbor
of Hong-Kong, was ordered to leave that port, to avoid a breach of the
neutrality laws. How and where he moved his little fleet, and what it
accomplished, are told in our selection from Henry Watterson's "History of the