Diary of Alfred Burton Welch

August 13th — Sunday, 1899

Our regular fighting day and the 12th and a very good outlook for it all day, but all OK up to 6.30 p.m. Went to retreat. Hundreds of rebs turn out to hear the band play on the plaza. They have all learned to take off hats at “Star Spangled Banner” — when OId Glory comes down. The commissary department has many tons of rations here. Enough to keep a small army for months, and natives say that the rebs are going to try to take it on the 15th.