Robert Bruce Payne

Robert Bruce Payne

(?, 1872 — November 8, 1937), Private in Company D of the First Nebraska Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Febr. 4, 1899

On the evening of this day was placed on guard or rather Cossack outpost at Block house no. 8 in the Santa Mesa district. Our

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Febr. 5, 1899

Sunday morning dawned bright and clear. The sun had no sooner rose bright and clear than the Americans began an advance on their entire lines.

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Febr. 6, 1899

I had joined my company during the night and now we anxiously waited orders to go to the front but instead were ordered to hold

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Febr. 7, 1899

Today has been an uneventful day. The dead were buried and a little skirmishing done but few natives could be found. The boys are taking

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Febr. 8, 1899

This day was spent waiting for orders which came and were revoked several times. The Tenns. [First Tennessee Volunteer Infantry] left for Iloilo and in

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Feb. 9, 1899

This morning our company rec’d orders to go to the water works. We left the “Asilo de Huer-fanos” [Asilo de Huerfanos] Orphans Home, an old

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Febr. 10, 1899

This day passed with little done save waiting for orders which came at supper time. In the morning we enjoyed another bath in the clear

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Febr. 11, 1899

When we got up this morning we had a two miles march in heavy marching order to make before breakfast. This gave us a good

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