Diary of John Henry Asendorf

Wednesday, February 22nd, 1899

awoke at 2 o Clock firing was heavy all along the lines and Kept up all Night the Utah Battery is engaged all Night at 3 o Clock we (Doc & I) took out some Ammunition wher shot at from both sides from Natives but got to the Front safely the firing was heavy at the time came back after Meat to Manila after loading the Meat and Doc his Bread we where again fired at from both sides from the thicket we returned the fire with good results but on getting near the firing line it was simply terrible the Bullets just made the dust fly up every where we had to stop within 100 yards and get under Cover until the firing seased the fighting again started in Evening about 6. I had made another Trip in the afternon but by this time the Minisota Boys had driven the Natives back and set Fire to the Shacks in the Evening I was in Captains Quarters and wrote a letter to Cst Plattenburg before I finished a fire broke out right in the Heart of the City we where called out I worked at the Fire until 2 o Clock about 2 to 300 Building where burned down mostly chinese Buisnes Houses over a Million Dollar worth of Property went up in Flames befor this Fire was under Control another one started in the Coridoo Destrist near the Railroad Station this is Known to be a dangerous and tugh Place as soon as I could I went there hearing heavy firing and being not on Guard I joyned the 23th Regular wich had 2 Co. stationed ther to fight the Natives their wich allready send shots after shots into our Men I fought with them as long as my Ammunition lasted 50 Rounds of wich I Kept 5 – for my Quarters where a Mile from this Point

Awoke at 2 o’clock and firing was heavy all along the lines and kept up all night. The Utah Battery is engaged all night. At 3 o’clock we (Doc and I) took out some ammunition and were shot at from both sides by natives, but we got to the front safely. The firing was heavy at the time. We came back after meat to Manila. After loading the meat and Doc and his bread, we were again fired at from both sides from the thickets. We returned the fire with good results but upon getting neat the firing line it was simply terrible. The bullets just made the dust fly up everywhere. We had to stop within 100 yards and get under cover until the firing ceased. The fighting again started in the evening about 6 o’clock. I had made another trip in the afternoon but by this time the Minnesota boys had driven the natives back and set fire to the shacks. In the evening I was in the Captain’s quarters and wrote a letter to Cst Plattenburg. Before I finished, a fire broke out right in the heart of the city. We were called out. I worked at the fire until 2 o’clock. About 200 to 300 buildings were burned down, mostly Chinese business houses. Over a million dollars worth of property went up in flames before this fire was under control. Another one stared in the Carriedo district near the railroad station. This is known to be a dangerous and tough place. As soon as I could, I went there. Hearing heavy fire, and not being on guard, I joined the 23rd Regulars which had two companies stationed there to fight the natives who had already sent shots after shots into out men. I fought with them as long as my ammunition lasted, 50 rounds, of which I kept 5 for my quarters were a mile from this point.