June 18, 1899

The Reg was put in Hills – Lawton’s division for a trip through Mariquina battery and around lake [Laguna de Bai] tomorrow [June 2] we started in. In evening of 3 marched eight miles to Waterworks there we deployed into rice fields got supper and Dept. H Cos first experience as a company in the field. The eight mile hike we stood fairly well but you may be sure we all were ready for supper & bed.

On the 4th we were up at 3:30 breakfasted and started in the March at4:30. There were several regiments ahead of us but later in day we took lead. Crossed Maraquina [Marikina] river and started across valley when about half way across we started up valley it was here we took lead. Our scouts & a calvary scout was thrown and fired a few shots. After about an hours march and an unaccountable halt for about some time we eventually found right and started back across the width of the valley. Another halt of two hours where a 11 foot slough washed and in eve. went within a mile o fa few shots from the scouts.

Warned us the gugus [insurgents] were in front. Saw the order camp. Column right in front into line of squads and old H was deploying for our first scrap as a company and there was not a man in company but meant to go to the top of the hills if it were in him. In a few minutes came the order forward guide center H company was center so on us depended the line for advance and we all excitement & desire to make a name for the company went at it with a rush.

The first quarter of a mile was easy through rice patties that were dry and the edges low. Then we came to a swamp and as we were right in the middle of it the gugus [Filipinos] opened fire [but] their aim was poor. Just beyond the swamp was [a] cornfield surrounded by chipped juice through which we had to go. Through it, over it, under it any way we could [,]by this time we were all tired and double timing through soft plowed ground was awful. At the quarter edge was a natural rise[,] here we doubled and commenced firing first at will, then by volley’s.

We could see but few gugus though they could see us and as we came through the field the range was good and bullets whistled all around us after firing a while we again went forward on the double time another swamp and another cornfield and boys began to drop out. [I] was sick at stomach & puked but would rather have been shot than quit. Major Heath told me to take the wood but I refused to have the squad.

Now we struck the hills proper and forward we went double time for awhile then a up to fire a few volleys. Several times I threw up but managed to keep going until the top of the hill was reached. Left far in advance of the line, only a few men followed out. The gugus had left so we halted to rest.

In summarizing up we found we had one man wounded Rea is through the usual no service after this fight we were ordered to wait for the reserve & when it arrived we went back down the first hill & resumed the march. There was some 4 or 5 who could not stay with us but caught up when we camped for the night.

Next morning we started up when we camped for the night. Next morning we started up the cut one reg was rear guard [and] progress was slow [we had] no breakfast we passed through Antipolo and reached a small town called Theresa [Teresa] in morning. [We] waited for supply train to catch us & had bkfst [breakfast] about eight o’clock started on the lake and reached Morang [Morong] in afternoon after an awful march during which many of the boys were [exhausted] from heat.

Next day we boarded caecues [cascoes] & came to Manila reaching there about 10 P.M. Our stay at Manila a just few days on boat were without note. We reached Nagasaki on 19 and stayed there several days getting shore leave each day from 7:30 to 6:30. Spent all my time & money sightseeing. Left Nagasaki evening at 2:30. On morning of 24 entered the Inland sea. So was a fine trip though nothing particular to note.

[This concludes the Philippine portion of the diary, which only has one more entry, on June 24, 1899 noting the sea was smooth and the grub was good.]


May 25, 1899

Was not at custom house today. Bothered with diarrhea. Seven regiments came in and a more sunburned blacker dustier looking lot of boys one could not imagine. I would given almost anything to have been with them. They are all tired and not in best health but would not have given up the expedition for money. We expect to be off for home in a few weeks.


May 14, 1899

Lay around quarters all AM. At two met Miss Dunne who took me for a drive. Out out toward the waterworks as far as Deposit where we were stopped. Came back & went out toward old Kansas line pass the Department hospital. Stopped at Cemetery and got flowers. Rode home [in carriage] through Tondo arriving at 4:30. Chicken dinner then guard.


May 13, 1899

Saturday. 21st Infantry start for lines near Waterworks also some regulars start for Lawton’s division to relieve Oregon. In afternoon get Carmetta [and] get Miss Bowman. Go to convent where I bought 2 Spanish & two Philippine bags also some doilies 7 a nickel of Juna [jusi] Cloth. Took some pictures of girls at work & mothers. Then started out through Paco to San Pedro Macati a fine trip through a fine country.

Every inch in rice fields well cultivated. Country is rolling in nature and hills & through a jungle of bamboo etc. Took several pictures along the road and several at San Pedro Macati from Gen. Kings old headquarters. Returning reached home at supper time. Took supper at Chinese restaurant with Tuft & Freeman.


May 7, 1899

Sunday. Lay around quarters reading all day. About 5 Miss Dunn called for me in her cart we went out on Luenetta [Luneta] listened to music o f the people and about 6:30 came over to dinner then drove out toward Emilia [Ermita]. Shower came up so we returned home about 7:30. Had a fine drive. Luenetta (sic) is becoming great place for American women. They all come dressed in their best which is of course fine. They have adapted the Spanish custom of going without hats which is far ahead of a unexpected treat. I came home on Capts [Captain’s] pass about 10 p.m.


May 2, 1899

Mail came today. Received one letter from home & one from Mary S. & Cleona. Most of the boys received a large mail. Am still trying to get Watsons (sic) discharge. He May leave on next steamer. Commissioners from Aggies [Aguinaldo’s] army came in again yesterday and rumor has it that terms of surrender are at last completed and insurrection will be off in a few days. Telegram from McKinley came a few days ago say volunteers must not be kept here unless they so wished and to send them home in order of their arrival.


April 29, 1899

Saturday only work 1/2 day at custom house. Philippine Commissioners left for lines at noon. They asked for armistice of 3 weeks so as to call their congress together & see what could be done. Otis told them he did not recognize their congress [and] did not know they had one. 10 hours after leaving our lines to surrender unconditionally Commissioners logged hard for two weeks Armistice but it was not granted. In afternoon Carr & I made a call on the nurses Miss Bowman, Miss Earhart, Mrs. Biddell, & the one who knows mamma. We staid (sic) a big portion of the afternoon & had a pleasant time.