Diary of William Herman Wilhelm

Saturday, August 12, 1899

[Battle of San Mateo]

Left camp 5.45, crossed San Mateo at 6. Command 3 detachments of 50 each from 21st. –myself Spurgin & Weeks, 50 men of 4th. Cavy — 80 of 24th. Inf. whole commanded by Capt. Parker 4th. Cavy. My Co. in advance from Maraquina [Mariquina] to San Mateo — rebels made two strong stands on south banks of streams tributary to San Mateo R. In first, 1st. Sgt. Rollins, Pvt. Collins, wounded, latter dying next day. In second, Pvt. Wellington wounded. Total casualties in command 20 –(4 killed)– among them Lt. Weeks who was shot through body but will recover. Entered S. Mateo about 1. At 1.30 Cronin’s command of 150 men from 25th –supposed to co-operate with us arrived from Novaliches on opp. side river. 4th Cav’y –2 troops– under Capt. Rivers operated on r. bank of river losing one man killed. Spent night in Comdg Genl’s qrs. at San Mateo –Gen’l Geronimo & Ynaye.