William R. Johnson

William R. Johnson

(December 5, 1880 -- March 18, 1952). Originally Corporal, Company K of 22nd Regiment, U.S. Infantry as of January 3, 1899, arriving in the Philippines March 4, 1899, and serving as such until he resigned in July, 1899 (he was reappointed to the same rank one year later); made Quartermaster Sergeant in October, 1901 until mustered out in December of that year.

Mch 4th 1899

We sighted land again today It is the northern coast of Luzon, the largest island of the Phil.[ippine] group. Running slowly down the coast we

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Mch 5th 1899

We dis-embarked today and are camped along the beach on the Luneta, The Filipino is a heathen looking thing half-nude and so lazy he can

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Mrch 6th 1899

We broke camp and marched down the Luneta (the fashionable driveway) to Malate, a suberb of the city, and were assigned to barracks, which are

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Mrch 7th 1899

Was up in the city today and also seen the sights in the old Walled city. which is surrounded by a thick wall and was

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Mrch 12th 1899

We marched out of Manila amid the playing of bands, to a place called San Pedro Macarti [Macati] about 4 miles east. The insurgents are

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Mrch 13th 1899

The line advanced today and here was the place I had my baptism of fire We fought all day, driving the rebels before us and

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Mrch 20th 1899

Returned toManila after a weeks hard campaigning Pvt. [August] Schmidt was shot in the arm during the last engagement.

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Mrch 24th 1899

Started on the expedition against Mololos [Malolos], the capitol of the insurgents It is situated 30 miles up the Manila and Dagupan R.R. the only

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Mrch 25th 1899

At Daybreak the lines advanced toward the rebel’s position who were well entrenched, after about an hours fighting they retreated in disorder across the River

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Mch 26th 1899

Mr Rebel is still across the river at day light. The 22 Infty went down the river and crossed it about a mile below, and

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Mch 27th 1899

Have driven the insurgents steadily forward almost to their Cap.[ital] which we expect to enter soon. Have had lots of hardship etc and I have

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Mch 29th 1899

Mololos [Malolos] has fallen. We entered the place with but slight resistance, the rebels went out as we came in. and by the looks of

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Apl 1st 1899

Returned to Manila by rail as the Engineer Corp had repaired the road as we had advanced. The regiments that had participated in the campaign

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Apl 5th 1899

Today we went out to Pasay trenches to relieve the 14th Infty which is going up on the Laguna de Bay (lake) to take a

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Apl 19th 1899

Return to Manila after 14 days of vigilance–We were attacked most ever night by the rebs We are under orders to prepare for a long

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Apl 21st 1899

We left Manila (for good) with a force comprising the 22 Infty, 3rd U.S. Infty. 4th U.S. Cav. 1st Oregon Vol. 2nd Ore. Vol., 13th

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Apl 28th 1899

After hard marching we arrived at Angot [Angat] about 40 miles from Manila. We are without rations and it is raining most all the time.

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May 4 1899

An amnesty has been declared so we are still waiting for the result while the “rebs” are building more trenches

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May 5th 1899

The treaty is off and today we advanced toward Bustos a stronghold of insurrectos. Will take it tomorrow perhaps with a sharp “scrap.”

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May 6th 1899

Bustos is taken after a hard fight, the day was so hot and sultry that several men were exhausted and are in a pitiful condition.

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May 7th 1899

We crossed the Ipo River today and entered Baliway [Baliuag] with but slight resistance We found lots of fine old wine at this place.

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May 15th 1899

After a weeks good rest and with full supplies we left Baliway [Baliuag] today and struck out farther into the wilds. Most all the villages

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May 16th 1899

We passed through the city of San Miguel de Mayuma [Mayumo] today, the Division Scouts took the town which shows that the enemy is somewhat

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May 17th 1899

We pressed rapidly onward in the hopes of reaching San Isidro in time to rescue about 20 Americans among them is Lieut. [J. C.] Gilmore

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May 19th 1899

Still we advance; leaving San Isidro we had but gone about 5 miles untill we ran into an ambuscade. They (rebels) killed 7 of our

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May 20th 1899

Are in Arayat tonight here we met the 9th and 17th Infty who have not been on the islands long. We are in the Pampanga

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May 21st 1899

Still marching down the Rio Grande [de la Pampanga] river. we arrive at the town of Candaba of perhaps 20,000 inhabitants. The main town is

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May 27th 1899

Hdars Co K. F. I and G. “A” and “E” are assigned to garrison Candaba, so here ends our long campaign in which we had

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