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John D. Miley Papers

John Miley Letter
Letter from John D. Miley

Lt John D. Miley was an aide-de-camp to Major Gen. William Shafter during the Spanish-American War. He assisted in the coordination of services for the many war correspondents assigned to cover Shafter's expedition into Cuba during their stay in Tampa while awaiting invasion orders.


Included in the collection are two rules war correspondents were to follow.

List of War Correspondents
List of War Correspondents

Text of rule:

Headquarters U.S. Forces,

Tampa, FLA., May 23, 1898

The following rules are published, for the guidance of war correspondents:

  1. A correspondent will not write for papers others [sic] than those mentioned in his credentials, issued by the Secretary of War. If he desires to do so, he must get leave, and this permission must be duly registered on the face of his credentials.
  2. Each correspondent will read the Press Censor a copy of every issue of his paper, addressed to Lieut. J. D. Wiley, Gen. Shafter's Hdqrs., Tampa Bay Hotel, for examination.

[signed] J.D. Miley

1st Lieutenant, 2nd Artillery.


John D. Miley Papers - SC22109

Last Updated: November 3, 2021