Diary of John Henry Asendorf

Saturday, November 19th, 1898

It had raigned all Night and the Fight is high but the Morning and in fact the whole day it stayed clear 7 men are on Guard and the Company is going through their regular drills we have fresh Meat again in the afternoon we all turned out to see our fellow play Ball with a team of the Olympia Admiral Dewy was exspected but up until 4 Clock the hadnt showed up and all went home our patient at the different Hospital are doing fine and all exspect to be with us again in a short time our Newspaper are full of different Rumors about the Volunters being relieved in a short time but the Boys are fooled to often and don’t take any stock in Rumors any more our Regiment has 4 cases of Smal Pox we therefor where again vaxinated this makes it the third time sins our entlistment Wodard Johnson Collins and Murphie are on the Sick List

It rained all night and the fight is high until the morning and, in fact, the whole day stayed clear. Seven men are on guard and the company is going through their regular drills. We have fresh meat again. In the afternoon we all turned out to see our fellows play ball with a team from the Olympia. Admiral Dewey was expected but as of 4 o’clock he hadn’t shown up and we all went home. Our patients at the different hospitals are doing fine and all expect to be with us again in a short time. Our newspaper is full of different rumors about volunteers being relieved in a short time but the boys have been fooled too often and don’t take any stock in rumors anymore. Our Regiment has four cases of small pox. We therefore were vaccinated. This makes it the third time since our enlistment. [James] Woodward, [Joseph] Johnson, [Walter] Collins and [Jesse] Murphy are on the sick list.