Diary of John Henry Asendorf

Tuesday, February 14th, 1899

We have the same Weather and are occupying the same place we have freash Meat issued in the morning every thing is quiet all day and we all are Enjoying Campy life on the Firing line but things looks suspiscious in the Woods around us we can see Rebels sprouting around in all direction and our Officer a Attack in the Even and right they where while we where eating Souper the fired Volley after Volley into us but shot a little too High this the Kept up for a half hour we couldnt see them therefor we Kept our Fire after Souper I went to town with a Message after delivering the same I put my Horse away and laid down to sleep but had to get up in a few Minutes and take 15000 Rounds of Ammunition out this was loaded on 2 Wagons but when we got about 2 Miles from the City I brooke down breaken both Shafts and the Springs and got myself pretty badly bruised up Dock Minsinger my buddie drove on and I stayed and watched my Ammunition but the Filipinos soons gathered around me seeing my dangerous position I drove them all back 30 Yards and made up my mind to Kill the first one who would advance but they soon left and for a time I thought they where going to reinforce and make it hot for me I stayed their for 1½ hour then Doc and 8 Guards came with a Wagon and relieved me arriving at the Front things where hot and several Bullet hit they Cart and one hit me on the ForeHead making a slight Wound but I drove back to town Doc Minsinger and Bob Griffith acompany me we Kept on our Alert and got safely into Headquarters where we stayed and slept until the nesct Morning

We have the same weather and are occupying the same place. We have fresh meat issued in the morning. Everything is quiet all day and we all are enjoying camp life on the firing line. But, things look suspicious in the woods around us. We can see rebels sprouting around in all directions and our officers thought they would attack in the evening. And, right they were. While we were eating supper they fired volley after volley into us but shot a little too high. This they kept up for a half hour. We couldn’t see them, therefore we held our fire. After supper I went to town with a message. After delivering the same I put my horse away and laid down to sleep but had to get up in a few minutes and take 15,000 rounds of ammunition out. This was loaded on two wagons but when we got about two miles from the city I broke down breaking both shafts and the springs and got myself pretty badly bruised up. Doc Minsinger, my buddy, drove on and I stayed and watched the ammunition but the Filipinos soon gathered around me seeing my dangerous position. I drove them all back 30 yards and made up my mind to kill the first one who would advance. But, they soon left and, for a time, I thought they were going to reinforce and make it hot for me. I stayed there for one and a half hours then Doc and eight guards came with a wagon and relieved me. Arriving at the front, things were hot and several bullets hit the cart and one hit me on the forehead making a slight wound but I drove back to town. Doc Minsinger and Bob Griffith accompanied me. We kept on our alert and got safely into headquarters where we stayed and slept until the next morning.