Diary of James J. Loughrey

July 17, 1898

We arrived back in camp front outpost at 5 a.ni. around daybreak. A second expedition arrived in the bay at 7 a.m. There was a big battle between the Spanish and the Insurgents, which lasted about an hour and resulted in the deaths of a captain and 600 of the Insurgents. We had a typhoon at 3 pm. Mail arrived at 7 p.m. I had the boil on my elbow lanced; my arm was very swollen and I felt rather sick with headache and fever