CARPENTER TO MANN, OCTOBER? 1899
U. S. Military Telegraph, Jaro, 19.
Major Adams witnessing a desultory but troublesome fire on the Santa Barbara road ordered his battalion under arms. I dismissed it as unnecessary. The firing at times on all approaches has been saucy to-day and bullets have struck houses and streets in the town. I have forbidden our posts to fire unless they had a clear view and could deliver an effective one. I believe they only hope to provoke us into an advance against their lines.
Headquarters 18th Infantry.