Diary of John Henry Asendorf

Wednesday, December 7th, 1898

The Weather is fair and hot 14 of our Men are on Outpost duty the rest are going through regular drills in the Evening we had Regimental dressparade in Front of our Quarter in the afternoon we recieved Mail again and hardly any of us got disapointed Athur Riffle and myself recieved a Box of something good to eat and some Towels Soap and other things wich where intended for our Thanksgiving dinner but it came too late we had fresh Meat again on theese days I work from 6 am until noon at Headquarters and then returned to my Company and cut the Meat up for Souper and Breakfast Hagen Sullivan McMasters Twist Martin Louis and Hustead are on the sick Book and about a dozen have sore Feet out of 106 men only 58 are fitt for duty

The weather is fair and hot. Fourteen of our men are on outpost duty, the rest are going through regular drills. In the evening we had regimental dress parade in front of our quarters. In the afternoon we received mail again and hardly any of us were disappointed. Arthur Riffle received a box of something good to eat and some towels, soap and other things which were intended for our Thanksgiving dinner; but, it came too late. We have fresh meat again. On these days I work from 6 a.m. until noon at headquarters and then returned to my company and cut the meat for supper and breakfast. [Samuel] Hagan, [Frank] Sullivan, McMasters, [David] Twist, [William] Martin, Lewis and [Frank] Hustead are on the sick book and about a dozen have sore feet. Out of our 106 men only 58 are fit for duty.