Reached Calamba, 40 mi. from Manila, 2 a.m. disembarked about 8: marched shortly afterwards to trenches about 1½ mi. from town: B. Co. has r. centre of line. firing at intervals thro’ day & night from rebels, their shots being too high as a rule to inconvenience us.
Reveille at 4 a.m. –marched to cascos where had breakfast– started 6.40 a.m. for Calamba, reaching Laguna de Bay 7 p.m.
Marched to cascos 1 p.m. Waited till 5 when order was countermanded & after making coffee returned to Cuartel.
Rested today at Quartel [Cuartel] de Infanteria –called with Harris on Dad McAndrew, he in field but saw Ms. McA. & Mary.
Lt. Conley took out reconnoitering party of 30 men but discovered nothing. Train arrived at 10 to take us back to Manila; arrived 1 a.m. 16th.
Marched at 6 arriving Manila 8.30. Waited till 10.30 when order rec’d to proceed to points on R.R. north of Manila where there was trouble. Left 3.30, two companies & Hdqrs going to Bacane [Bocaue?] & McCaskey’s & my Co. to Biyan [Biñan?]. Arrived 5.30 & rec’d Co. of 16th who had just had skirmish with enemy. Placed outposts & spent night –had terrific attack diarrhoea which was made worse by piles developed on S. Mateo trip.
[Battle of San Mateo]
Left camp 5.45, crossed San Mateo at 6. Command 3 detachments of 50 each from 21st. –myself Spurgin & Weeks, 50 men of 4th. Cavy — 80 of 24th. Inf. whole commanded by Capt. Parker 4th. Cavy. My Co. in advance from Maraquina [Mariquina] to San Mateo — rebels made two strong stands on south banks of streams tributary to San Mateo R. In first, 1st. Sgt. Rollins, Pvt. Collins, wounded, latter dying next day. In second, Pvt. Wellington wounded. Total casualties in command 20 –(4 killed)– among them Lt. Weeks who was shot through body but will recover. Entered S. Mateo about 1. At 1.30 Cronin’s command of 150 men from 25th –supposed to co-operate with us arrived from Novaliches on opp. side river. 4th Cav’y –2 troops– under Capt. Rivers operated on r. bank of river losing one man killed. Spent night in Comdg Genl’s qrs. at San Mateo –Gen’l Geronimo & Ynaye.
Notified today that I would have command of 150 picked men from this Batt’n to form part of expedition against San Mateo. Start day after tomorrow.
Left Bacoor on 3d: remained in Manila till morning of 5th, when reported here — 10 mi. e. of Manila — for duty with new Regt. 21st: am Captain of “B” Company — 4 cos. here commanded by Capt. Bonesteel, balance of Regt. at Calamba where we expect soon to move. Heavy rains daily for last week. Am practically well.