Diary of James J. Loughrey

December 20, 1898

I came off guard at 8.10 am. only to have an immediate call to arms. The regiment formed up where we changed clothes, got ammunition, filled our canteens and marched to Paco, a distance of about three miles which we covered in about 35 minutes. The trouble was with Insurgents over possession of a bridge. It was settled by their giving way. We returned to quarters at 11.15 am.