Monday, February 13th, 1899

It being impossible for me to keep account from day to day I will put it all in a Nutschell because I was always occupied with work allmost day and night while all the Regiment had their Hands full in trying to Keep the Enemy at Bay wich where constandly shooting away at us on account of our smal Forse we where compelled to stay where we are we therfor throwed up Entrenchment all along the line wich allready exstenden over 30 Miles and was occupied by only 8000 men in all we now laid in Trenches day and Night 10 men from each Co where alowed to goe to town each day 5 in the morning and 5 in the afternoon our wounded are doing in fine the Major is walking around and Debold and Rockwell are sitting up but still very sick during this time we have burned down thousands of Homes and have captured all Horses and Wagons within our reach and taken over 8 towns wich are all destroyed by the Heavy Shells wich Dewy put into them we also captured the Railroad and Oarshops at Caloogan on the Evening of the 11th I was send to town for the first time to get a Load of fresh Meat out the mesct morning I walked the 5 Miles when I was about 2 Miles from the City I heard 5 or 6 Shots fired along the road and at the same time I seen a Officer riding along and it was him these where intended for but none of them hit him our Filipino with a Revolver in Hand came running my way and I fired but missed him but the second Bullit went trough his Heart and down he went but unfortunate the Revolver was marked US and I had to give it up we then set fire to all the Houses in this sektion in all told we have lost Killed 65 and wounded about 300 and 2 missing but the Rebels losses are counted by the thousands good many of our Boys when found could hardly be reconised being all cut up in a terrible manner on the 12th we received Mail wich was the delivered in the Field the Boys having no paper or Envelopes wrote on Catrig. Boxes or anything they could find I send several myself we also have Killed hundreds of dogs and cats during the Engagement on the 5th we also lost 3 Horses belonging to our Regt all told it was simple Horrowfying after these Battles this is only what I witnessed myself but all other Regiments had equally the same Exsperience many Marer and Remington Rifles where captured and many Prisoner where taken among them some of Alguinaldos staff and a about 400 Indian wich used the old fashioned Arrow and Bow for weapon when captured they where all nacked and had to be dressed befor bringing them into the walled City where most of our Prisoner are Kept our 8 men wich where captured some time a go are still held prisoner by the Rebels perhapst torture to death befor this during this Engagement the following where in Hospital Lt Howard Jessy Murphie Hustead and W Howard sick or on Guard in Quarters Cuddy Collins Jno Broron Kramer Georg Miller McMaster Shrock Herrington Berry Miller Jno Barnes & Lt. Woods but who went out on the Battlefield on Febr 13th. taken to the Hospital sins the Battle Robert Curry McMaster Carl Debold and Rockwell during all these days the Weather was terrible hot and we had to carry our Water for over a Mile and then boil it but had plenty of Field Ration

It has been impossible for me to keep account from day to day. I will try to put it all in a nutshell because I was always occupied with work almost day and night. While all the regiment had its hands full in trying to keep the enemy, who were constantly shooting away at us on account of our small force, at bay. We were compelled to stay where we are. Therefore we threw up entrenchments all along the line which already extends over 30 miles and was occupied by only 8000 men in all. We now laid in trenches all day and night. Ten men from each company were allowed to go to town each day, five in the morning and five in the afternoon. Our wounded are doing fine. The Major is walking around and DeBolt and Rockwell are sitting up but still very sick. During this time we have burned down thousands of homes and have captured all horses and wagons within our reach. We have also taken over eight towns which were all destroyed by heavy shells which Dewey put into them. We also captured the railroad and oarshops at Caloocan. On the evening of the 11th I was sent to town for the first time to get a load of fresh meat out. The next morning I walked the five miles. When I was about two miles from the city I heard five or six shots fired along the road and at the same time I saw an officer riding along and it was him these were intended for but none of them hit him. One Filipino with a revolver in hand came running my way. I fired but missed him but the second bullet went through his heart and down he went. Unfortunately, the revolver was marked U.S. and I had to give it up. We then set fire to all the houses in this section. All told we have lost: killed 65; wounded about 300 and two missing. But the rebel losses are counted by the thousands. Good many of our boys, when found, could hardly be recognized since they had been cut up in a terrible manner. On the 12th we received mail which was delivered in the field. The boys, having no paper or envelopes, wrote on cartridge boxes or anything they could find. I sent several myself. We also have killed hundreds of dogs and cats during the engagement. On the 5th we also lost three horses belonging to our regiment. All told it was simply horrifying after all these battles. This is only what I witnessed myself but all the other regiments had equally the same experience. Many Mausers and Remington rifles were captured and many prisoners were taken, among them some of Aguinaldo’s staff and about 400 Indians which used the old fashioned bow and arrow for weapons. When captured, they were all naked and had to be dressed before bringing them into the walled city where most of our prisoners are kept. Our eight men who were captured some time ago are still held prisoner by the rebels and perhaps tortured to death by this time. During this engagement, the following were in hospital: Lieutenant Howard, Jessie Murphy, William Howard. Sick or on guard in quarters: Curry, Collins, John Brown, Kramer, George Miller, McMaster, Schrock, Herrington, Berry Miller, John Barnes and Lieutenant Woods but who went out on the battlefield on February 13th. Taken to the hospital since the battle, Robert Curry, McMaster, Carl DeBolt, Rockwell. During all these days, the weather was terribly hot and we had to carry our water for over a mile and then boil it. But, we had plenty of rations.

Tuesday, October 25th, 1898

It has raigned steady all night I slept pretty good until 3 am when I had some more Attack of Cramps and rheumatic pains in my right Leg and Arm also suffer of diarrhea most of the day our Outpost come in at 8 pm all are soaking wet they all eat a hearty Breakfast and sleep until noon we have no drill all day every body is resting up and getting their Mail ready for the City of Para wich was sail a few days ago is going to leave in the Morning Cuite is discharged from Hospital Knotts Miller Conn and Herrington are on the sick list

It has rained all night. I slept pretty food until 3 a.m. when I had some more attack of cramps and rheumatic pains in my right leg and arm. I’m also suffering from diarrhea most of the day. Our outpost came in at 8 p.m. All are soaking wet. They all are a hearty breakfast and slept until noon. We had no drill. All day everybody is resting up and getting their mail ready for the [ship] City of Para which was to sail a few days ago but is going to leave in the morning. [Gilbert] Cuite is discharged from the hospital. [George] Knotts, [George] Miller, [George] Conn and [Charles] Herrington are on the sick list.

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.

Thursday, October 20th, 1898

This is another beutifull day 8 of our men are doing Guard duty most of the Boys are buisy writing letters we are having fresh Meat and use but verry little Side Meat 11 Soldier arived from “Frisco” wich had being left their in Hospitals at our departure the all report the Recruits a Honalula well but they having giving up ever coming to Manila Knotts Twist Hagen Frankenbery Daugherty Conn and Miller are on the sick book.

This is another beautiful day. Eight of our men are doing guard duty. Most of the boys are busy writing letters. We have fresh meat and use but very little side meat. Eleven soldiers arrived from ‘Frisco who had been left in hospitals upon our departure. They all report that the recruits in Honolulu are well but they have given up ever coming to Manila. [George] Knotts, [David] Twist, [Samuel] Hagan, [Joseph] Frankenberry, [Homer] Daugherty, [George] Conn and [George] Miller 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.