Sunday, June 11th, 1899

This is a beautifull Sunday everything is quiet in Cavite each Company has 24 men on Guard and Patrol 10 of our Cos men are still doing Guard Duty at Santa Ruckie Sicknes is on a decrease our Wounded all have been discharged from the Hospital Captain Biere went to Coricodor Island yesterday to visit the Major (Bierer) from 5 to 6 Gunboats are bombarding Towns along the Bay there is much fighting down on the South line results are not Knowing yet but Heavy losses are exspected on both Sides

This is a beautiful Sunday. Everything is quite in Cavite. Each company has 24 men on guard and patrol. Ten of our company’s men are still doing guard duty at San Roque. Sickness is on the decrease. Our wounded all have been discharged from the hospital. Captain [Daniel] Bierer went to Corregidor Island yesterday to visit Major [Everhard] Bierer. From 5 until 6, gunboats bombarded towns along the bay. There is much fighting down on the south line; results are not known yet, but heavy losses are expected on both sides.

Sunday, April 9th, 1899

the Night was quiet Captain Bierer having verry sore Legs went to Manila for a few days the day was spent verry quietly in the afternoon we recieved Mail from U S I recieved on letter from G and his Kater and a Reciept at Night about 12 o Clock the Enemy attaked out Outpost the rest of the Cos reinforced them and in a few hours repulsed the Enemy the 3d Artillery lost several Killed and some wounded but the Enemy lost over 300 Killed and that many wounded

The night was quiet. Captain [Daniel] Bierer, having very sore legs, went to Manila for a few day. The day was spent very quietly. In the afternoon we received mail from the U.S. I received one letter from G and his Kater and a receipt. At night, about 12 o’clock, the enemy attacked our outpost. The rest of the company reinforced them and in a few hours repulsed the enemy. The Third Artillery lost several killed and some wounded but the enemy lost over 300 killed and that many wounded.

Saturday, January 28th, 1899

the Weather is lovely we have Inspection at 7 am have 7 men on Guard and 10 on Outpost at 11 am our Mail arived our Regiment recieve 22 Sacks out of wich we got 3 Sacks I recieved 5 letters and 3 Bundles of papers all Boys are in happy Frame of Mind all hear News that we would be at Home soon but we know better as they exspect us to leave here on the 10 rust but we have no Orders yet and are not looking for it the Filipinos have 6 of our Men captured but we cant locate none of them one of them is Private Culom who acted as Spie and crossed the Line on Horseback he is Major Bierer Orderly up until Taps he hasnt returned the men at the Hospital are doing well our 5 men in Quarters are about the same

The weather is lovely. We have inspection at 7:00 a.m. Seven men are on guard and ten on outpost. At 11:00 a.m. our mail arrived. Our regiment received 22 sacks of which our Company got three. I received five letters and three bundles of papers. All the boys are in a happy frame of mind. We all hear news that we would be at home soon but we know better as they expect us to leave here on the 1oth but we have no orders yet and are not looking for it. The Filipinos have six of our men captured but we can’t locate any of them. One of them is Private Culom (Grant Cullums?) who acted as a spy and crossed the line on horseback. He is Major Bierer’s orderly. Up until taps he hasn’t returned. The men at the hospital are doing well. Our five men in quarters are about the same.

Tuesday, November 8th, 1898

This is a beautifull day 12 of our men are going on Outpost and 2 on Brigade Guard we have fresh Meat Boys are still buisy mailing Packages the Post Office is crowded at all times I myself sen 4 letters of wich I register one wich contains a Mony Order 3 papers and a Map of the Battlefield and 6 Packages we still have no Mail in at 1 Clock the Election Polls where opened Co C casted 43 Votes of wich one Vote was for Washington Co.
for Govener Slone 31
Georg Jenks 9
(1) from me Swallow 2
Congress
M Mckchran 12
Achison 29
Senate
Bryne 14
Boyd 27
Sherriff
McCormick 21
Seaton 21
District Atorny
Hagen 7
W E Craw 34

Connesvill gave McCormick 40 and Seaton 6 for Sherriff the following acted as a Board of Election
Judge of Election} W L Seaman D
Wm Martin D
Alles Ewing R
for Clerk Chas Howard R
Wm Howard D
the Election was rather quiet christopher who was confined in the Guard Hous voted and also 4 men in the Hospital voted Major Biere took the Blanks out and had them filled and returned them wich I believe was not lawfull a Democrat ought to went him other wise the Election was allright the Evening at 8 pm a Calfornia Soldier was stabed to death at the Beer Garten “Allhambria” by a america “Sailor of the Olympia Dewys Fleet” the men is held under Arrest Hustead Turly and T Rhodes are on the sick List

This is a beautiful day. Twelve of our men are going on outpost and two on brigade guard. We have fresh meat. The boys are still busying mailing packages. The post office is crowded at all time and I, myself, sent four letters of which I registered one which contains a money order, three papers and a map of the battlefield and six packages. We still have no mail in at 1 o’clock. The election polls were opened. Company C cast 43 votes of which one vote was for Washington County. For Governor: Slone (31), George Jenks (9), Swallow (2) (one of which was from me). Congress: M McCochran (12), Achison (29). Senate: Byrd (14), Boyd (27). Sheriff: McCormick (21), Seaton (21). District Attorney: Hagen (7), W.E. Craw (34). Connellsville gave McCormick 40 and Seaton 6 for Sheriff. The following acted as a board of elections: Judge of Election, [Walter] L. Semans (D); William Martin (D); Alec Ewing (R); Clerk, Charles Howard (R); William Howard (D). The election was rather quiet. Frank Christopher, who was confined in the guard house, voted and also four men in the hospital voted. Major Bierer took blanks out and had them filled and returned which I believe was not lawful, a Democrat should have gone with him. Otherwise, the election was alright. In the evening, at 8 p.m., a Californian soldier was stabbed to death at the beer garden “Allhambria” by an American sailor from Dewey’s fleet on the Olympia. The man is being held under arrest. [Frank] Hustead, [John] Turley and [Thomas] Rhodes 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.

Tuesday, October 11th, 1898

This is a nice day Co C is on Guard at the prison some moore Rumors a afloat about going home it is stated that the 10th Regiment is posivily going home on the City of Paramside of 10 days another Rumor says we are going home on or about the 10th November we also hear that the Spaniards will get back the Philipine Island in the Evening went and visited the Ladies of Read Cross Society and had a nice time every thing was quiet about our Quarters Captain Bierer is on duty again. Christopher Baird Miller Daugherty Twist x Knotts are on the Sick List

This is a nice day. Company C is on guard at the prison. Some more rumors are afloat about going home. It is stated that the 10th Regiment is possibly going home on the City of Paramside in ten days. Another rumor says we are going home on or about the tenth of November. We also hear that the Spaniards will get back the Philippine Islands. In the evening, went and visited the Ladies of the Red Cross Society and had a nice time. Everything was quiet about out quarters. Captain [Daniel] Bierer is on duty again. [Frank] Christopher, [James] Baird, [George] Miller, [Homer] Daugherty, [David] Twist and [George] Knotts are on the sick list.

Monday, October 10th, 1898

This is another hot day we are going trough our regular routine of duty Captain Bierer who has being of duty for about a week is able again to take his Comand wich had being filld by First Liut Ch. Howard this is the first time the Captain has being sick sins our departure from Home we are all sending Mail via Hong Kong Christopher Baird Miller Dougherty and Twist are on the Sick List

This is another hot day. We are going through out regular routine of duty. Captain [Daniel] Bierer, who has been off duty for about a week, is able again to take his command which had been filled by First Lieutenant Charles Howard. This is the first time the Captain has been sick since our departure from home. We are all sending mail via Hong Kong. [Frank] Christopher, [James] Baird, [George] Miller, [Homer] Daugherty and [David] Twist are on the Sick List.

Wednesday, September 28th, 1898

this is a beautifull Mornig after having a good Rain during the Night it hardly ever rains much during the day we had setting up a Exercice in the Morning and 3 drills this day the Captain and other Officer of our Regt credid us with being a well drilled Co and equal to the Regulars and move when ever ther is any fighting to do we are Known by all troops here as the fighting 10th or S.o.B. Lt Colonel Barnet arived in the Morning on the Arizona and gave us the first News about our Recruit wich had being “Side tracked” at Honululu and also told us that the Arizona had 30 tons of Mail on for our Soldier all Boys cherred up now for indeed many of us felt rather down hearted of late but he said he believed the Recruits would come yet the Mail didnt reach our Quarters until 7 pm I recieved 6 Letters and some Pittsburgh indeed ones more all of us feel Happy every one seems to have good News and the papers alltough 4 to 6 Weeks old where very interesting late in the Evening we recieved Word that Mascot No 2 “Searchlight” had died at the Regt Hospital of Malaria fever this Boy was picked up in “Frisco” by Co D. his home is in Oregon and his Vater & Mother are both said to be death a Sister in Frisco survive his death Christopher Baird Jas Hanan Kennedy Miller Twist and Daugherty are on the sick List

This is a beautiful morning. After having a good rain during the night (it hardly ever rains much during the day) we had a setting up exercise in the morning and three drills. Today the Captain [Daniel Bierer] and the other officers of our regiment credited us with being a well drilled company and equal to the regulars and move whenever there is any fighting. We are known by all the troops here as the Fighting Tenth or S.o.B.(?) Lieutenant Colonel [James] Barnett arrived in the morning on the Arizona and gave us the first news about our recruits who had been sidetracked at Honolulu and also told us that the Arizona had 30 tons of mail onboard for our soldiers. All boys cheered up now for indeed many of us felt rather downhearted of late but he said he believed the recruits would come yet. The mail didn’t reach our quarters until 7:00 p.m. I received six letters and some Pittsburgh. Indeed once more all of us feel happy. Everyone seems to have good news and the papers, although four to six weeks old, were very interesting. Late in the evening we received word that Mascot Number Two, “Searchlight,” had died at the Regimental Hospital of malarial fever. This boy was picked up in “frisco” (San Francisco) by Company D. His home is in Oregon and his Father and Mother are both said to be dead. A sister in Frisco survives him. [Frank] Christopher, [James] Baird, [Max] Hannan, [William] Kennedy, [George W.] Miller, [David] Twist and [Homer] Daugherty are on the sick list.

Sunday, September 11th, 1898

this is a beautifull day here we are on Guard at the prison we have had fresh Meat for Dinner and beans the Captain and Leut. C Howard went over to Cavite to see Crable and took 2 letters for him along the learned that he was much worse but he was able to read the letters and the Captain asked him if he should answer them for him but he said no he that to able enough himself in a few days to write Liut. Howard stayed there with him and the Captain returned on the 2 o clock Boat here to the City the Captain told us all about his visit and said that he had Erysipila and that the doctors exspress their Opinoin that he could not get well in about 2 Hours after his arival here he recieved a telegram anouncing his death Lt Howard was ordered to make the nessasary Arangment we all went to the Opera House for Service in the Evening Christopher and Lewis are on the Sick List

This is a beautiful day here we are on guard at the prison. We have had fresh meat for dinner and beans. The Captain [Daniel Bierer] and Lieutenant [Charles] Howard went over to Cavite to see [William] Crable and took two letters for him along. They learned that he was much worse but he was able to read the letters and the Captain asked him if he should answer them for him but he said no. He said he would be able enough in a few days to write. Lieutenant Howard stayed there with him and the Captain returned on the 2 o’clock boat here to the city. The Captain told us all about his visit and said that he had erysipelas and that the doctors expresses their opinion that he could not get well. In about two hours after his arrival here he received a telegram announcing his death. Lieutenant Howard was ordered to make the necessary arrangements. We all went to the Opera House for service in the evening. [Frank] Christopher and [Charles] Lewis are on the sick list.