Diary of John Henry Asendorf

Monday, March 13th, 1899

It has raigned most all Night and a little firing was done but at day breack allmost every Regiment is more or less engaged the Insurgent are building good strong Breastwork every where while we are taken Ammunition and 6 days Field Ration to the Front and our Officer and Generals are planning for a advance wich will take Place to morrow the Captain in Return give the Orders to their Companys the Utah Battery fired some fine our Hospital still remains in the C. church we have 20 chinese engaged to carry our dead and wounded at Taps every thing is ready for any Move in a Minutes Notice all is quiet and we are praying for Victory good many of our Boys are getting discouraged fighting these Rebels but dont say much

It has rained most of the night and a little firing was done but at daybreak almost every regiment is more or less engaged. The insurgents are building good and strong breastworks everywhere. While we are taking ammunition and six days field rations to the front, our officers and generals are planning for an advance which will take place tomorrow. The captains, in return, give the orders to their companies. The Utah Battery fired some fine. Our hospital still remains in the C. church. We have 20 Chinese (workers) engaged to carry our dead and wounded. At Taps everything is ready for any more in a minute’s notice. All is quiet and we are praying for victory. A good many of our boys are getting discouraged fighting these rebels but don’t say much.