The principal and determining features of the Battle of the Japan Sea have been made known to us by the official reports; the many details are wanting, and, as was justly remarked in a very able article in Blackwood's Magazine for last February, probably can never be supplied, the drama having passed too rapidly, and the actors having been too busily occupied, to take precise notes. The writer of the paper therefore devoted part of his space to an investigation of the problem, and to an attempt to reconstitute the earlier features of the engagement, as well as the subsequent phases. It is to this discussion that I owed the study embodied in the following plan, in which I have also availed myself of some of his data, more particularly with reference to the train of the guns of either party; but the particular line of inquiry which I have followed differs, I think, somewhat from his.
Reflections, Historic and Other, Suggested By the Battle of the Sea of Japan
By Captain A. T. Mahan, U. S. Navy