Ernest E. Dieball

Ernest E. Dieball

Company C, 47th U.S.V. ; U.S.S .Essex crewman.

Dec. 22, 1899

Sighted coast of Luzon.  Passed Corregidor Id About 1 pm; entering Manila Bay by the Boca Grande.  Ran up the bay at reduced speed and

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Dec. 23rd, 1899

About half a mile off from the city. Capt Gordon appointed to C. Can see the walls of Old Manila, troops marching and people walking and

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Dec. 24, 1899

took a look at San Pedro, it is a small place of about 300 population.  The men wear white duck or drill trousers, an undershirt

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Dec. 25, 1899

Christmas dinner   beans, hard tack & coffee. Went on guard, cleaned up the camp.  Built a mess hall out of bamboo & bananna leaves.  Calbers

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Dec. 26, 1899

Young, Forche, Searles, and I went out on an exploring expedition.  Walked about 2 mi. and finally came to the ruined convent of Guadaloupe.  It

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Dec. 27, 1899

Forche, my tentmate swiped a skull from a grave, cut off the top and used it for a lantern but the capt saw it and

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Dec. 28, 1899

Bum chuck.  We had no bread but Major Wise captured a cascor loaded with punk on its way up the river for the 30th and distributed

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Dec. 29, 1899

Cleaned camp.  Went on guard at the tower a small square tower built of loose paving bricks at the end of our trench, on the

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Dec. 30, 1899

Received a gatling gun from Manila, It’s a queer looking thing with twelve barrels which revolve by turning a crank.  The cartridges are put into

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Dec. 31, 1899

Went on guard at a post about a hundred yards in advance of our trenches.  Maj. Wise passed our post and not to halt him by the

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Jan. 2, 1900

Went on guard.  Niggers fired from across the river and wounded a sergeant and private of D. Co satationed at the examining post.  We had

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Jan. 7, 1900

Went down to Manila.  Saw Lawton taken to the transport from Paco cemetery.  Entered city from Malate where the Am assault took place at the capture of

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Jan. 9, 1900

Went down to Manila again, without a pass this time.  Hit a few high ones and then took a cab and went out to San

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Jan. 11, 1900

Moved camp to Guadaloupe Ridge about two mi. SW of San Pedro.  The Laguana de Bay and the Pasig can be seen from the ridge. 

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Jan. 13, 1900

Several of us went over to Pasig City at the juncture of Pasig with Laguna de Bay now occupied by the 39th bamboo town nothing doing. 

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Jan. 14, 1900

A battery of the 6th Art. Went by with four mt. guns and a captured Nordenfeldt.  They say they had a hot scrap yesterday.  Pulled states

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Jan. 18, 1900

Transports Hancock, Benus, Brutus, St. Castelleamp and the Gunboats Helena, Nashville and Manila with the horse transport Corunna sailed for the south.  Expedition under Gen Kelly.

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Jan. 19, 1900

Passed Lulun Id at noon and Mindoro in the evening.  Sailing at half speed. 2nd Lt. Lanham attached to Staff.  Lt. Dent to C Co.

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Jan. 21, 1900

Passed between Ids. Of Burinas & Ticao.  Anchored in Sorsogn Bay about 12 mi. from city.  Hancock too deep to venture up.  Manila captured small

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Jan. 22, 1900

Transferred C Co to the small steamer Castelleano.  The Helena took B Co up the coast.  The U.S.S. Nashville C.C. on the Castelleano.  The 2nd Batt.

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Jan. 23, 1900

Ran into Albay Bay and came to anchor about 11 A.M. about a  mile from the town of Legaspi.  The trencher can be plainly seen

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Jan. 24, 1900

The losses of yesterday are Americans G Co 1 man wounded in ar C Co. 1st Sarg. wounded in foot.  Sailor wounded in thigh.  Naval Officer

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