James J. Loughrey

James J. Loughrey

(July 4, 1869 — August 28, 1965), Sergeant in ‘A’ Company of the United States California Volunteer Infantry.

May 23, 1898

Broke camp at 7 am. and marched to the steamer ‘Peking’ at Folsom Street Wharf at 11.30 :i.m. The ship pulled out and anchored in

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May 25, 1898

Sailed for Manila at 5 p.m. There was great excitement and hundreds of steamers followed us up to the Heads. The cruiser ‘Charleston’ with the

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June 2, 1898

We arrived at Honolulu today where we received a splendid reception, with several steamers and crowds accompanied by a number of bands.

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June 3, 1898

We were given a splendid banquet by the city officials and introduced to President and Mrs. Dale [Dole]. Later drove all round the island and

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June 4, 1898

We left the wharf at 6.30 a.m. and anchored in the stream where we saw an enormous shark alongside. We sailed out of the harbour

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June 11, 1898

No June 10! We lost one day crossing the 180° meridian around midnight. Reveille at 6 a.m. Buns and coffee at 7 a.m. Lunch 1

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June 12, 1898

Reveille at 6.45 a.m. Mass and Holy Communion at 8.30 a.m. I went on guard at 10.30 a.m. Weather fine with showers.

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June 13, 1898

Off guard at 11 a.m. Breakfast — roast beef. squash, buns and coffee. Dinner 5 p.m. — pork and beans, squash, bread and soup. Inspection

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June 14, 1898

Reveille at 6 am. 2 biscuits and coffee 6.15 a.m. Exercise — school 10.30 a.m. Lunch — roast beef, pickles, potatoes, biscuits and coffee. Guard

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June 15, 1898

p at 5 a.m. Drill and school. Lunch — boiled beef, brown rice, water. Supper – salt pork, squash, bread and coffee. Slept on deck.

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June 17, 1898

Reveille at 5 a.m. Drill and school. Breakfast — hot cakes and coffee. Lunch – rice, biscuits and coffee. 12 noon ‘Charleston’ clearing decks for

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June 19, 1898

Mass at 8. a.m. At noon we were 160 miles from Agana (Guam). Heavy showers. Fleet stopped at 4. p.m. and Father McKinnion went on

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June 20, 1898

Land sighted at 5 a.m. Ordered below at 6.30 off Agana. Hove to at 7.30. ‘Charleston’ went ahead and sneaked into the harbour entrance. Heavy

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June 21, 1898

Reveille at 5 am. Breakfast, exercise and school. The weather was squzilly. The Spanish Governor came aboard ‘Charleston’ at 9 am. Fourteen small boats full

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June 22, 1898

Natives came alongside with coconuts, limes, pineapples, pigs and chickens. We bought them for a song finding that old brass coins were considered more valuable

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June 23, 1898

Inspection 8 to 9.30 am. I saw two sharks about 40 feet long which followed the ship for over two hours. A soldier from H

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June 25, 1898

Off guard at 2.30 p.m. Inspection, where we received heavy marching orders. Fire drill 5. p.m. Boat lowered from ‘Peking’ to bring Fr. McKinnion aboard.

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June 27, 1898

The weather was windy and rainy throughout the afternoon followed by heavy storms with thunder and lightning.

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June 28, 1898

The weather was calm and fair. Drill and school 11.30 am. We sighted land and a steamer off the coast at 2 pm. At 3

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June 29, 1898

At 6 a.m. we sighted a British tramp steamer. There were heavy seas running all day. Around midnight it became very stormy, which was great

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June 30, 1898

Reveille at 6 a.m. The weather was still stormy. Dan Nichols fell down the hold and strained his back. ‘Charleston’ and ‘Baltimore’ chased a steamer

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July 1, 1898

Reveille at 6 am. Everything packed and awaiting orders to land at Cavite at 1 p.m. We received 50 rounds of ammunition last night. Heard

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July 2, 1898

We were up at 5 am. preparing to go shore and left the steamer at 3.30 p.m. We landed at Cavite at 4.30 p.m. and

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July 3, 1898

Off guard at 1.30 p.m., all well. The Insurgents have charge of Spanish prisoners in the town who are a dejected looking lot. I visited

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July 4, 1898

Independence Day. Reveille at 6 a.m. The brigade was reviewed by General Anderson at 9.30 am. Dewey came over to Cavite. He was a fine

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