Diary of John Henry Asendorf

Thursday, July 21st, 1898

Weather is fine and we started to load our own stuff aboard the Leighter it was nearly 10 o Clock when we had everythink loaded and half Hour later we started for the Shore in 3 Boats wich where towed by a Hospital boat wich had being captured by Dewy the Bay is very shallow here and prevents us from getting near the Shore so this made the unloading verry unpleasant so we all had to carry the Stuff above on our Shoulders we waded through the Water up to our hips most of the Officers we carried ashore much to the amusement to the Natives wich had gathered by the Hundreds we pitched our tents about 400 Yards from the Shore in a pea and sweet Potatoe patch and on the exstream Right of the first Exspedition at Night we had all our tents fixed and ate a good Supper and for the first time in 30 days we slept in tents ones more but not as good of tents as we have being used to for our tents are verry small 2 men to one tent the are entirely to short our feet are sticking out and the are open on one End our Kitchen is in a nice shady place but the Rest of the tents are exsposed to the Sun the Natives are verry thick around this place the live in Houses (Shakes) mostly build of Bambo none of the Window contain Glass but as a substitute the use a shell wich give light but cannot be seen trough Kempfer and Craple have being taken to the Hospital at Cavite Johnson is on duty again but Rollie Wilson is confined in the Regt Hospital the rest is all well

Weather is fine. We started to load our stuff aboard the lighter. It was nearly 10 o’clock when we had everything loaded and half an hour later we started for shore in three boats which were towed by a hospital boat which had been captured by Dewey. The bay is very shallow here and prevents us from getting to shore. This made unloading very unpleasant because we had to carry the stuff above our shoulders, wading through the water up to our hips. Most of the officers we carried ashore much to the amusement of the natives who had gathered by the hundreds. We pitched out tents about 400 yards from the shore in a pea and sweet potato patch and on the extreme right of the first expedition. At night we had all our tents fixed and are a good supper and for the first time in 30 days we slept in tents once more but not as good of tents as we had been used to. Our tents are very small, two men to one tent and they are entirely too short, our feet are sticking out and they are open on one end. Our kitchen is in a nice shady place but the rest of the tents are exposed to the sun. The natives are very thick around this place. They live in houses (shacks) mostly built of bamboo. None of the windows contain glass but as a substitute they use a shell which gives light but cannot be seen through. [Amon] Kempfer and [William] Crable have been taken to the hospital in Cavite. [Milbert] Johnson is on duty again but Rollie Wilson is confined to the Regimental Hospital. The rest [of the men] are well.