Thursday, April 27th, 1899

We had a heavy Rain all Night had regular Drill recieved a smal Mail the Sheridan left taken with her lots of Mail I send 6 letters some Filipnio Books wich are Relics from Malolas and 3 pair of Slippers she had 950 men (discharged) on Board of her 12 men from Tenth from wich 2 where from C. Co Robert Griffith and W. Collins Albert McMaster T. Knight Wm Insly and Frank Kelly are in the Hospital here at Cavite and Ashcraft Wm Howard W Engelhard, Coriner and Benny Miller are at Manila the rest of our Wounded are in Company Quarters of duty and about 12 are laid up with sore Feet and Leg good many suffer with the Darby Itch most of our Boys are drawing new Blue Uniforms and Underwear I went on Guard at 5 o Clock it was a beautifull Night it is reportet that a heavy Battle was fought at Columpit over 600 Niggers Killed and verry smal losses on our Side.

We had a heavy rain all night. We had regular drills. We received a small mail. The Sheridan left taking with her lots of mail. I sent six letters, some Filipino books which are relics from Malolos and three pairs of slippers. She also had 950 men (discharged) on board, twelve of which were from the Tenth. From Company C were Company Robert Griffith and William Collins. Albert McMasters, Daniel Knight, William Insley and Frank Kelley are in the hospital here at Cavite. Charles Ashcraft, William Howard W. Englehart, Louis Coyner and Benny Miller are at Manila. The rest of our wounded are in company quarters off duty and about twelve are laid up with sore feet and legs. A good many suffer with the Darby Itch. Most of our boys are drawing new blue uniforms and underwear. I went on guard at 5 o’clock. It was a beautiful night. It is reported that a heavy battle was fought at Calumpit. Over 600 niggers killed and very small losses on our side.

Wednesday, December 28th, 1898

This is a beautifull day Co D is on Outpost duty all papers have Rumors of expecting Trouble and the Comanders have Orders to keep all these in or near the Quarters in the Evening there is a fire in our Nayborhood and 2 Houses burned down we had fresh Meat this day Joe Johnson Milbert Johnson D Twist McMasters and 9 more wich are on light duty are on the Sick Book

This is a beautiful day. Company D is on outpost duty. All the papers have rumors of expecting trouble and the commanders have orders to keep all these in or near the quarters. In the evening there is a fire in our neighborhood and two houses burned down. We had fresh meat this day. Joe Johnson, Milbert Johnson, David Twist, McMasters and nine more on light duty are on the sick book.

Saturday, December 24th, 1898

The Weather is delightfull and we all recieved Mail and good many of the Men some smal Boxes Mail leaves in the afternon by Hong Kong the Company is going trough regular routine of Buisnes I mailed 3 letter and some papers but this did not leave as exspected I am feeling pretty good now but am still of duty in the Evening I went over to the prison where I found all prisoner enjoying themself every thing is iluminated and decorated verry tastefully the South Dacota Band furnishes some fine Musick the Prisoner also had a fine xmas Souper also the City is partly iluminated and Fire Works seems to be the best enjoyment of the Natives Hagen Asendorf McMasters Milbert Johnson Joe are on the Sick Book and of duty and 8 more on light duty total 13 men (fresh Mear recieved)

The weather is delightful and we all received mail and a good many of the men received some small boxes. Mail leaves in the afternoon via Hong Kong. The company is going through its regular routine of business. I mailed three letters and some papers but the mail did not leave as expected. I am feeling pretty now but am still off duty. In the evening I went over to the prison where I found all the prisoners enjoying themselves. Everything is illuminated and decorated very tastefully. The South Dakota band furnished some fine music. The prisoners also had a fine Christmas supper. Also, the city is partly illuminated and fireworks seem to be the best enjoyment of the natives. [Samuel] Hagan, [John] Asendorf, McMasters, Milbert and Joe Johnson are on the sick book and off duty. Eight more men are on light duty for a total of thirteen. (Fresh meat received)

Wednesday, December 7th, 1898

The Weather is fair and hot 14 of our Men are on Outpost duty the rest are going through regular drills in the Evening we had Regimental dressparade in Front of our Quarter in the afternoon we recieved Mail again and hardly any of us got disapointed Athur Riffle and myself recieved a Box of something good to eat and some Towels Soap and other things wich where intended for our Thanksgiving dinner but it came too late we had fresh Meat again on theese days I work from 6 am until noon at Headquarters and then returned to my Company and cut the Meat up for Souper and Breakfast Hagen Sullivan McMasters Twist Martin Louis and Hustead are on the sick Book and about a dozen have sore Feet out of 106 men only 58 are fitt for duty

The weather is fair and hot. Fourteen of our men are on outpost duty, the rest are going through regular drills. In the evening we had regimental dress parade in front of our quarters. In the afternoon we received mail again and hardly any of us were disappointed. Arthur Riffle received a box of something good to eat and some towels, soap and other things which were intended for our Thanksgiving dinner; but, it came too late. We have fresh meat again. On these days I work from 6 a.m. until noon at headquarters and then returned to my company and cut the meat for supper and breakfast. [Samuel] Hagan, [Frank] Sullivan, McMasters, [David] Twist, [William] Martin, Lewis and [Frank] Hustead are on the sick book and about a dozen have sore feet. Out of our 106 men only 58 are fit for duty.