BARRY TO MILLER, FEBRUARY 8, 1899
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE PACIFIC AND EIGHTH ARMY CORPS.
Manila, P. I., February 8, 1899.
Brigadier-General M.P. Miller, U. S. Volunteers,
Commanding First Separate Brigade, Eighth Army Corps,
SIR: The Commanding General directs that you occupy Iloilo with your troops as soon as practicable, having a care for the lives and property of the inhabitants of that city and giving to citizens the necessary notice to withdraw therefrom in case resistance is anticipated.
The Admiral commanding the United States Naval Forces of the Asiatic Squadron will direct the commanding officers of Naval vessels in the harbor of Iloilo to support you in your operations.
Avoid destruction of property in so far as may be possible with successful operations, and endeavor to prevent destruction of same by native troops.
The First Tennessee regiment will sail for Iloilo to-morrow morning, the 9th instant, and upon its arrival you will be able to make your dispositions.
The Commanding General trusts to your ability and discretion, and does not desire to give you more specific instructions, permitting full latitude of action on your part. These instructions will be handed to you by Lieutenant Colonel Potter, who leaves this evening by steamer Butuan. he will remain with you until you are able to report the results of your action in executing these instructions, when you will dispatch him to these Headquarters with report of same.
Your obedient servant,
(Signed) THOMAS H. BARRY
Assistant Adjutant General.