Thursday, March 2nd, 1899

The Night and day has been pretty and every thing is quiet every where there is hardly a Shot fired but Dewys Cannon are heard in the far distance Buisnes wich has allmost been at a stillstand is resuming again we have at the Hospital Lt Howar (Fever) McMaster (Light Fever) H. Daugherty (Rupture) Carl Debold (wounded) Jourg Rockwell wounded G Cuty wounded in the Quarter we 5 men sick but all are doing Guard duty

The night and day have been pretty. Everything is quiet everywhere. There is hardly a shot fired except Dewey’s cannons are heard in the distance. Business, which has almost been at a standstill, is resuming again. We have at the hospital Lt. [Charles] Howard (fever), McMaster (light fever), [Homer] Daugherty (rupture), Carl De Bolt (wounded), [George?] Rockwell (wounded) and [Gilbert] Cuite (wounded). In quarters we have five men sick but all are doing guard duty.

Sunday, February 19th, 1899

It has been a beautiful Night out in the Field the Moon rised at 9 o Clock and shine until 2 o Clock but between the Mosquitos and the many Bullets from the Sharpshooters we dont get much Sleep I sleep in the Comisary several Bullets went trough it during the Night but we cant see the Enemy therefor we Kept our fire but the Nebraska and 6 Artelery Kept fighting on all Night until daylight when they drove back their Enemy the found 87 Killed in the Morning and no Amerikan Killed but 2 Officer and 7 men wounded 2 of them verry seriously the South Dacota and Pennsylvania Killed 51 during the Night while not even one of us was wounded at 7 o Clock Dewy shelled a Town some where and we can hear heavy attellery Fire wick continued until 10 o Clock then all was quiet until noon where ones more the Rebel Sharpshooters opened up on our Outpost but our Men spotted 2 of them in a Tree and soon the tumbled down never to arise again in the Evening I came to Manila everything is very quiet I never Know this was Sunday until I went to Bed as everyday is alike to us now Papst Brewing Co. has donated one Barrel of Beer to each Company on the line wich the Boys enjoyed in the afternoon the sick in the Quarters are all doing Guard duty at the Hospital we have now Lt. Ch. Howard with Fever Carl Debold and Jourg Rockwell wounded Albert McMaster—– Robert Cury is going to the Front in the morning all is uiet while I goe to Bed.

It has been a beautiful night out in the field. The moon rose at 9 o’clock and shone until 2 o’clock but between the mosquitoes and the many bullets from the sharpshooters, we don’t get much sleep. In the commissary several bullets went through it during the night but we can’t see the enemy. Therefore, we kept our fire. But the Nebraska and six artillery kept fighting on all night until daylight when they drove back their enemy and found 87 killed in the morning and no Americans killed. But, two officers and seven men were wounded, two of them seriously. The South Dakota and Pennsylvania Regiments killed 51 during the night while not even one of us was wounded. At 7 o’clock Dewey shelled a town somewhere and we can hear heavy artillery fire which continued until 10 o’clock. Then, all was quiet until noon where once more the rebel sharpshooters opened up on our outpost; but, our men spotted two of them in a tree and soon they tumbled down never to arise again. In the evening, I came to Manila, everything is very quiet. I never knew this was Sunday until I went to bed as every day is alike to us now. Pabst Brewing Co. has donated one barrel of beer to each company on the line which the boys enjoyed in the afternoon. The sick in the quarters are ll doing guard duty at the hospital as we now have Lieutenant Charles Howard with fever, Carl Debolt and George Rockwell wounded, Albert McMaster ——, Robert Curry is going to the front this morning. All is quiet while I go to bed.

Monday, October 24th, 1898

This is a dandy day it raignen pretty near most of the time the other half of our Company goes on Outpost things are quiet around Quarters I am not any better but the Cramps have almost left me in the Evening changed Medicine we have all Kinds of Rumors in Regards of disposing of the Philipine Island the straight is that the Insurgent establich a independent Government and the protection of the US and England all of us hope that it may be true as we goe to bed to wind is blowing terrible and the Rain is comming down in Torents Knotts Miller G. Conn McMaster and JH. Asendorf are on the Sick List.

This is a dandy day. It rained pretty near most of the time. The other half of our Company goes on outpost. Things are quiet around quarters. I am not any better, but the cramps have almost left me. In the evening changed medicines. We have all kinds of rumors in regards to disposing of the Philippine Islands. The straight is that the insurgents establish an independent government with the protection of the United States and England. All of us hope that it may be true. As we go to bed the wind is blowing terribly and the rain is coming down in torrents. [George] Knotts, [George] Miller, [George] Conn, [Albert] McMaster and [John H.] Asendorf are on the sick list.

Sunday, October 23rd, 1898

It has raigned pretty near all Night this Night I suffered terrible with Cramps in my Stomach and dissentary went and see the Doctor in the Morning this was a quiet Sunday just half of our Men went on Outpost some of our Men visited the churches and Hospitals and in the Evening attented service at the Opera House I was confined to my Bed all day suffered terrible all day Knotts Twist Miller Conn Hagen Frankenbery McMaster are on the Sick List Hagen Sam has Malaria Fever Frankenbery discentary and David Twist xxx desease the where taken to Brigade Hospital in the Morning

It has rained pretty near all night. This night I suffered terribly with cramps in my stomach and dysentery. I went to see the doctor in the morning. This was a quiet Sunday. Just half of out men went on outpost. Some of our men visited the churches and hospitals; and, in the evening they attended services at the Opera House. I was confined to my bed all day and suffered terribly. [George] Knotts, [David] Twist, [George] Miller, [George] Conn, [Samuel] Hagan, [Joseph] Frankenberry and [Albert] McMaster are on the sick list. Sam Hagan has malaria, Frankenberry dysentery and David Twist xxx disease. They were taken to the Brigade Hospital in the morning.

Saturday, October 22nd, 1898

It is raignen most of the day Co A goes out on Outpostback of the Jail and C has 6 men on Guard we have fresh Meat in the Morning but have Inspection of Arms it is rumored all over the City that the Insurgent are going to enter the City by Forse everything is quiet do Knotts Twist Miler Conn Hagen Frankenbery McMaster are on the sick List

It is raining most of the day. Co. A went out on outpost [in] back of the jail and Co. C has six men on guard. We have fresh meat in the morning but have inspection of arms. It is rumored all over the city that the insurgents are going to enter the city by force. Everything is quiet. [George] Knotts, [David] Twist, [George] Miller, [George] Conn, [Samuel] Hagan, [Joseph] Frankenberry and [Albert] McMaster are on the sick list.

Friday, October 21st, 1898

This is a dull day it raignen most of the time the Boys are still buisy writing I made out a aplication for my discharge from US Service and gave it to the Colonell wich is indorsed the same and promised me to do all he could Captain Bierer refused to sign this aplication 6 men are doing Guard duty in the Evening a Number of us attented YMCA Meeting Knotts Twist Miller Conn Hagen Frankenbery McMaster are on the sick List

This is a dull day. It is raining most of the time. The boys are still busy writing. I made out an application for my discharge from U.S. Service and gave it to the Colonel which is endorsed by the same and promised me to do all he could. Captain Bierer refused to sign this application. Six men are doing guard duty. In the evening a number of us attended a YMCA meeting. [George] Knotts, [David] Twist, [George] Miller, [George] Conn, [Samuel] Hagan, [Joseph] Frankenberry and [Albert] McMaster are on the sick list.

Wednesday, October 19th, 1898

This is a beautifull day there is a nice breese going we are getting the good News that Mail has come in by the way of Hong Kong wich we recieved in the afternoon wich made every body happy I recieved 4 letters and a picture of my Girl this Mail was 19 days old we also had a goodly Number of Newspaper sent up to this time the Amerilan are printing 4 different Newspaper call the Freedom Amerikan Soldier Manila Times and Unkle Sam they are all selling at 10ct a paper I send one of each of them home we had fresh Meat to day Christopher Twist Johnson Miller McMaster Hagen Frankenbery Daugherty and Georg Conn and Knott are on the sick List

This is a beautiful day. There is a nice breeze going. We are getting good news that mail has come in by way of Hong Kong which we received in the afternoon. This made everybody happy. I received four letters and a picture of my girl. This mail was nineteen days old. We also had a goodly number of newspapers sent up to [us] this time. The Americans are printing four different newspapers: the Freedom, American Soldier, Manila Times and Uncle Sam. They are all selling at ten cents a paper. I sent one of each of them home. We had fresh meat today. [Frank] Christopher, [David] Twist, [Milbert] Johnson, [George] Miller, [Albert] McMaster, [Samuel] Hagan, [Joseph] Frankenberry, [Homer] Daugherty and George Conn and [George] Knotts are on the sick list.

Tuesday, October 18th, 1898

It is still raignen but it is clearing of in the afternon nicely we can hear Dewy firing a Salute in the Morning and one in the Evening but do not Know what Ships came in we are doing Guard duty just on our Street but have Guard Mount at Headquarters Knotts Christopher Twist Johnson Miller McMaster Hagen Frankenbery Daugherty and Georg Conn are on the Sick List

It is still raining but it cleared up in the afternoon nicely. We can hear Dewey firing a salute in the morning and one in the evening but we do not know what ships came in. We are doing guard duty just on our street but have guard mount at headquarters. [George] Knotts, [Frank] Christopher, [David] Twist, [Milbert] Johnson, [George] Miller, [Albert] McMaster, [Samuel] Hagan, [Joseph] Frankenberry, [Homer] Daugherty and George Conn are on the sick list.

Monday, October 17th, 1898

It has raigned all Night and the most part of the day we are having Inspection in afternon and have Dressparade at 5 pm we had some nice fresh Meat to day there are many Rumors afloat about us going home but we all got pretty used to them Knotts Christopher Twist Johnson Miller McMaster Hagen Frankenbery Daugherty and Georg Conn are on the Sick List

It has rained all night and the most part of the day. We are having inspection in the afternoon and have dress parade at 5 p.m. We had some nice, fresh meat today. There are many rumors afloat about us going home, but we all got pretty used to them. [George] Knotts, [Frank] Christopher, [David] Twist, [Milbert] Johnson, [George] Miller, [Albert] McMaster, [Samuel] Hagan, [Joseph] Frankenberry, [Homer] Daugherty and George Conn are on the sick list.