August 13, 1898

The morning of the 13th at 6:30 A.M. the Spaniards shot a big gun as a signal, and the whole line of Spaniards opened fire and there was a shower of lead falling all around us. The twenty men under under Lieutenant Hildreth, who had been sent to the extreme front, were in the thickest..

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August 13, 1898

We left Camp Dewey at 10 a.m. to march on Manila. We formed up in battalion formation in a field of the Pasay Road where we remained for about half an hour while the fleet bombarded the Spanish trenches. We got in front of the other troops and formed a line of skirrnishers and marched..

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Aug. 13, 1898

Up at 4 breakfast at 4:15 and aboard the Kwonghoi at 7. When we went out to fleet at about 9:15 fleet move towards Manilla (sic) and bombardment commenced at 10 A.M. It was a pretty sight but we could not see well enough to tell effect of shot. Officers could see our land troops..

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