Diary of John Henry Asendorf

Friday, December 23rd, 1898

Weather beautiful and refreshing after a good Rain during the Night the Company goes through regular Routine of Buisnes we furnich as usual 7 private and 2 Noncom for Guard duty we also are told by the Captain that each man would recieve 3.60 (illegible “mese” maybe) $1.80 this will be quiet a treath to us as we are all busted by this time the Insurgent are still making things rather unpleasant for us 50 men and Officer are kept buisy every day doing Outpost duty they are throwing up Entrenchment all around the City and at times are coming in close Range of our Outpost I believe something unpleasant for them will occour in the near future the same men remain on the sick Book and a few smal cases but they are on light duty

The weather is beautiful and refreshing after a good rain during the night. The company goes through regular routine of business. We furnished, as usual, seven privates and 2 non-commissioned officers for guard duty. We also were told by the Captain that each man would receive $3.60 … $1.80 this will be quite a treat to us as we are all busted by this time. The insurgents are still making things rather unpleasant for us. Fifty men and officers are kept busy every day doing outpost duty. They are throwing up entrenchments all around the city and at times are coming in close range of our outposts. I believe something unpleasant for them will occur in the near future. The same men remain on the sick book and a few small pox cases, but they are on light duty.