Friday, December 9th, 1898

The Weather is pleasant most of the Boys are getting their Mail ready as it leaves at 11 am I am working at Headq. all Morning helping to recieve Ratioin the Comp is going through the regular Routine of Buisnes drills and we also furnich 7 men and a Non each
day for Guard duty We have for Breakfast Mush fried and Hardtack and Coffee Beans for dinner and Beans for Soupper Hagen Sullivan McMaster Twist Martin Hustead are on the sick Book and about 10 men are market for light duty

The weather is pleasant. Most of the boys are getting their mail ready as it leaves at 11 a.m. I am working at headquarters all morning helping to receive rations. The company is going through the regular routine of business drills and we also furnish seven men and a non-commissioned officers each day for guard duty. We have for breakfast fried mush and hardtack; coffee and beans for dinner and beans for supper. [Samuel] Hagan, [Frank] Sullivan, McMaster, [David] Twist, [William] Martin and [Frank] Hustead are on the sick book and about 10 men are marked for light duty.


Wednesday, December 7th, 1898

The Weather is fair and hot 14 of our Men are on Outpost duty the rest are going through regular drills in the Evening we had Regimental dressparade in Front of our Quarter in the afternoon we recieved Mail again and hardly any of us got disapointed Athur Riffle and myself recieved a Box of something good to eat and some Towels Soap and other things wich where intended for our Thanksgiving dinner but it came too late we had fresh Meat again on theese days I work from 6 am until noon at Headquarters and then returned to my Company and cut the Meat up for Souper and Breakfast Hagen Sullivan McMasters Twist Martin Louis and Hustead are on the sick Book and about a dozen have sore Feet out of 106 men only 58 are fitt for duty

The weather is fair and hot. Fourteen of our men are on outpost duty, the rest are going through regular drills. In the evening we had regimental dress parade in front of our quarters. In the afternoon we received mail again and hardly any of us were disappointed. Arthur Riffle received a box of something good to eat and some towels, soap and other things which were intended for our Thanksgiving dinner; but, it came too late. We have fresh meat again. On these days I work from 6 a.m. until noon at headquarters and then returned to my company and cut the meat for supper and breakfast. [Samuel] Hagan, [Frank] Sullivan, McMasters, [David] Twist, [William] Martin, Lewis and [Frank] Hustead are on the sick book and about a dozen have sore feet. Out of our 106 men only 58 are fit for duty.


Tuesday, December 6th, 1898

The Night has been right chilly and had to make use of our Blankets but during the day we are allmost roasting there are many Rumors afloat about the Insurgent having made preparation to make a Raid on the City several suspiscious looking Character wich didnt obey the Orders of the Guard to Halt where shot death this is the Order of the day there are many Robberies comitted all over the City as well as Malette some of the Boys of the different Regiment are playing Ball every afternoon Sergt Martin an Priv Luis are both circumcused Hagen Sullivan Twist Hustead and Frank Kelly are on the sick Book and 9 others are of duty with sore Feet fresh Meat

The night has been right chilly and we had to make use of our blankets. But, during the day we are almost roasting. There are many rumors afloat about the insurgents having made preparations to make a raid on the city. Several suspicious characters who didn’t obey the orders of the guard to halt were shot to death. This is the order of the day. There are many robberies committed all over the city as well as Malate. Some of the boys of the different regiments are playing ball every afternoon. Sergeant [William] Martin and Private Lewis are both circumcised. [Samuel] Hagan, [Frank] Sullivan, [David] Twist, [Frank] Hustead and Frank Kelley are on the sick book and nine others are off duty with sore feet. Fresh meat.


Sunday, December 4th, 1898

This is anothr fine Morning all Boys are attending Services Morning and Every good many goe to the Catolic church in the afternoon we have fresh Meat every day and all are apearently satisfied with the Grub in the Evening at 9 pm our Guards where called to a place where some of the Macabebes had stabbed a Native Woman to death 13 Cuts where shown on her Bodie but their is no Clue to the Offender many arest are made these days hardly a day passes without a dozen or so arrest our Patrols are kept buisy all the time Sullivan Twist Hagen and Hustead are on the sick List and about 5 or 6 are kept on light duty

This is another fine morning. All the boys are attending services this morning. A good many go to the Catholic church. In the afternoon we have fresh meat. Every day and all are apparently satisfied with the grub. In the evening, at 9 p.m., our guards were called to a place where some of the Macabebes had stabbed a native woman to death. Thirteen cuts were shown on her body but there is no clue to the offender. Many arrests are made these days. Hardly a day passes without a dozen of so arrests. Our patrols are kept busy all the time. [Frank] Sullivan, [David] Twist, [Samuel] Hagan and [Frank] Hustead are on the sick list and about five or six are kept on light duty.


Monday, November 28th, 1898

It has raiggned all day but had one hours drill in the morning we recieved fresh Meat the Recruits are still on the Arizona and Comps A and B didn’t leave as the where ordered to this is a drill day around Quarters the same Men are on the sick List except Hustead

It has rained all day but we had one hour of drill. In the morning we received fresh meat. The recruits are still on the Arizona and Companies A and B didn’t leave as they were ordered to. This is a drill day around the quarters. The same men are on the sick list except Hustead.


Sunday, November 27th, 1898

This is a beautifull day niece and coole I worked until noon at Hdq in the afternoon I visit
the Hospital all our Co C patient are getting along fine but the Hospitals are filled to their Capacity and hundreths are laying in Hospital tents the smal pox Hospital is stationed about ½ Mile from the main Hsp in large Tents about 50 are confined their and Native Nurses are attenting them the spanich Soldier are getting all vasinated and most of the Citizen here in the Evening most of us attented church in the Opera House a Lady from Japan a Native from Westmoreland Co preached a good Sermon to us Hustead Wilson Wodard Wilson Collins Sullivan and Becket are on the sick List

This is a beautiful day, nice and cool. I worked until noon at headquarters. In the afternoon, I visited the hospital. All of our Company C patients are getting along fine byt the hospitals are filled to their capacity and hundreds are laying in the hospital tents. The small pox hospital is stationed about a half mile from the main hospital in large tents. About 50 are confined there and the native nurses are attending to them. The Spanish soldiers are getting all vaccinated as are most of the citizens. In the evening, most of us attended church in the Opera House. A lady from Japan, a native from Westmoreland County preached a good sermon to us. [Frank] Hustead, Wilson, [James] Woodward, [Walter] Collins, [Frank] Sullivan and [Alonzo] Becket are on the sick list.


Wednesday, November 23rd, 1898

This is a beautifull day and quiet compfortable Buisnes in the City is booming everywhere the Senator and Valencia both arived with troops and none are exspected the Insurgent Leaders are recruiting the Natives every where there is a good deal of Robbery done all over the City among Natives an Spaniard as good many arrest are made every day but there is perfect Order everywhere in the Evening we have Regimental dress parade
wich is the first one for some time it was verry satisfactory Wilson Collins Sullivan Johnson Coiner Hustead Murphie and Wodard are on the sick List

This is a beautiful day and quite comfortable. Business in the city is booming everywhere. The Senator and Valencia both arrived with troops and none are expected. The insurgent leaders are recruiting the natives. Everywhere there is a good deal of robbery all over the city among the natives and Spaniards. A good many arrests are made every day but there is perfect order everywhere. In the evening we had regimental dress parade which is the first one for some time. It was very satisfactory. Wilson, [Walter] Collins, [Frank] Sullivan, Johnson, [Louis] Coyner, [Frank] Hustead, [Jesse] Murphy and [James] Woodward are on the sick list.


Tuesday, November 22nd, 1898

This is a fine day we have a heavy Rain in the afternoon wich lasted 3 days the Co went trough the regular Routine of Buisnes we had Inspection of our Quarters and also recieved Mail I recieved one from Home most of the Boys spent their time in writing in afternoon and evening as the Mail goes out the nexct morning I wrote one to my Wife and also sent some News papers we recieved fresh Meat again R Wilson is discharged from Hospital but is of duty Collins Sulivan Coiner Hustead Murphie and Wodard are on the Sick List

This is a fine day. We have a heavy rain in the afternoon which lasted three days the company went through the regular routine of business. We had inspection of our quarters and also received mail. I received one from home. Most of the boys spent their time in writing in the afternoon and evening as mail goes out. The next morning I wrote one to my wife and also sent some newspapers. We received fresh meat again. R Wilson is discharged from hospital but is off duty. [Walter] Collins, [Frank] Sullivan, [Louis] Coyner, [Frank] Hustead, [Jesse] Murphy and [James] Woodward are on the sick list.


Thursday, November 17th, 1898

This is a beautiful day 12 men are going out on Outpost to relieve the first detail at 8 am we are going trough our regular Drills we have fresh Meat again and our Meals are pretty fair Companies K and B wich have being quartered at Headquarters are moving in a large spanich House and are much satisfied with them the are only on Block from us now Rollie Wilson is taken to Brig. Hospital and F Hustead to the Headwuarter Hosp. this leaves Read Murphie James Wodard and Walter Collins on the sick List

This is a beautiful day. Twelve men are going out on outpost to relieve the first detail. At 8 a.m. we are going through our regular drills. We have fresh meat again and our meals are pretty fair. Companies K and B, which have been quartered at Headquarters, are moving into a large Spanish house and are very satisfied with [their new quarters]. They are only a block away from us now. Rollie Wilson was taken to the Brigade Hospital and [Frank] Hustead to the Headquarters Hospital. This leaves Read, [Jesse] Murphy, [James] Woodward and Walter Collins on the sick list.