Diary of John Henry Asendorf

Tuesday, December 6th, 1898

The Night has been right chilly and had to make use of our Blankets but during the day we are allmost roasting there are many Rumors afloat about the Insurgent having made preparation to make a Raid on the City several suspiscious looking Character wich didnt obey the Orders of the Guard to Halt where shot death this is the Order of the day there are many Robberies comitted all over the City as well as Malette some of the Boys of the different Regiment are playing Ball every afternoon Sergt Martin an Priv Luis are both circumcused Hagen Sullivan Twist Hustead and Frank Kelly are on the sick Book and 9 others are of duty with sore Feet fresh Meat

The night has been right chilly and we had to make use of our blankets. But, during the day we are almost roasting. There are many rumors afloat about the insurgents having made preparations to make a raid on the city. Several suspicious characters who didn’t obey the orders of the guard to halt were shot to death. This is the order of the day. There are many robberies committed all over the city as well as Malate. Some of the boys of the different regiments are playing ball every afternoon. Sergeant [William] Martin and Private Lewis are both circumcised. [Samuel] Hagan, [Frank] Sullivan, [David] Twist, [Frank] Hustead and Frank Kelley are on the sick book and nine others are off duty with sore feet. Fresh meat.