Diary of Alfred Burton Welch

Monday 12-12-98

On duty again with Co. The first in a long time. Out to drill at 6:55 a.m. No drill in p.m. Went to non-com school firing. Sent long letter to Topsy. Dewey landed several gatling guns today. Take bath every night. Have my blanket roll all ready to jump into in a moment’s notice in case of call to arms. We expect it every night. Went serenading in eve –4th Cavalry treated us royally. A Lieut. of Minn. asked us up to the walled city tomorrow night. We won’t do a thing. Got two nice letters from Tops. Went up to go to Minn. but was served with special duty order and sent to C Co. for a map, then took carramato [carromata] to walled city.