793.94/13394: Telegram

The Commander in Chief, United States Asiatic Fleet ( Yarnell ), to the Chief of Naval Operations ( Leahy )9

0006. Following received from Monocacy.

“1006. Following received from garrison’s commander as emanating from Generalissimo.10

‘You are to at once notify all foreign gunboats in Kiukiang, as well as all foreign merchants floating units, to the effect that upon their receiving of this information all of them should immediately sail to places above Wusueh’ (mileage 457).

‘The river will be mined and blockaded between Kiukiang’ (mileage 431) ‘and Matutseng’ (mileage 457) ‘and actually blocked up, having notified all parties concerned we would hereby request you to sail to place beyond Wusueh so that we can start our mining work.’

Commanding officer interviewed garrison commander. Am not moving at present but prepared to move to mileage 446 when considered interfering and unsafe. 1310.”

  1. Copy of telegram from the Commander, United States Yangtze Patrol (Le Breton); transmitted to the Department by the Navy Department.
  2. General Chiang Kai-shek.