Tuesday, September 6th, 1898

This is a beautiful day but as hot as ever we are still doing Guard duty at the prison the Captain recieves a telegram that Fox had died last Night at 1030 he at ones made the nessisary Arangment and the chaplain Hunter wiches it to be held right after dinner owing to the long distance to the Cemetary wich is situated 1[?] mile from the old Camp “Dewy” ole Company fill in line and marched to the Hospital we all viewed the Remains wich where to our surprise not a bit national showing showing that he had done suffered terrible Agoni on account of some delay about the Coffin we didnt leave the Hospital until 430 then the Marsh of a firing Squad 1 Carrige and 2 Carts (the squad rode little ponies drove out to the Cemetary we reached them about 7 o Clock in a verry short time we had dug the Grave as soon as he was lowered we fired the Salute (3 times) and the Bugler blowed Taps (3 times) we reached out Quarters at 930 I was indeed verry sore and tired and I guess all of us where Hustead Christopher Lewis Hannon Collins CD and Joe Johnson are on the Sicklist

This is a beautiful day but as hot as ever. We are still doing guard duty at the prison. The Captain [Daniel Bierer] receives a telegram that [Robert] Fox died last night at 10:30 p.m. He, at once, made the necessary arrangements and Chaplain [Joseph] Hunter wishes [the funeral] to be held right after dinner owing to the long distance to the cemetery which is situated 1[?] mile from the old Camp “Dewey.” The whole company filed into line and marched to the hospital. We all viewed the remains which were, to our surprise, not a bit natural showing that he had suffered terrible agony. On account of some delay about the coffin, we didn’t leave the hospital until 4:30. We then marched off. A firing squad, one carriage and two carts (the squad rode little ponies) drove out to the cemetery. We reached them at about 7 o’clock. In a very short time we had dug the grave. As soon as he was lowered we fired the salute (three times) and the bugler blew Taps (three times). We returned to our quarters at 9:30. I was very, indeed, very sore and tired and I guess all of us were. [Frank] Hustead, [Frank] Christopher, [Charles] Lewis, [Max] Hannan, [Charles] Collins and Joseph P. Johnson are on the sick list.

Monday, September 5th, 1898

This is another fine “hot” day our Captain visited our Men at the Hospital and reports Jno Baird verry sick and Fox allmost impossible to live and the Doctor blame it on the Regimental Doctor and say it was Neclect that the made no examination and was simply thretan for Cramps wich ailment he did not have. the Captain had told them that Fox was struck in the Stomach the Night of 31 with a Stone or some heavy dirt from the Breastwork wich was enough I think to start inflamation but like any other sickness they filled him up on Pills” Hustead christopher Lewis Hannon Collins C and Johnson J.P are sick

This is another fine, hot day. Our Captain [Bierer] visited our men at the hospital and reports John Baird very sick and [Robert] Fox almost impossible that he will live and the doctor blamed it on the Regimental doctor and says it was neglect that they didn’t examine him and simply treated him for cramps which Fox didn’t have. The Captain [Bierer] had told them that Fox was struck in the stomach the night of the 31st with a stone of some heavy dirt from the breastwork which was enough, I think, to start inflammation. But, like any other sickness, they filled him up on pills. [Frank] Hustead, [Frank] Christopher, [Charles] Lewis, [Max] Hannan, [Charles] Collins and Joseph P. Johnson are on the sick list.

Sunday, August 28th, 1898

This has being a beautifull day all the Boys attended Service at the Opera House and some went to the catolic services this day we had no Drill but Dressparade Fox Hustead Baird christopher Sullivan Lewis Jannewin and Burke are on the Sick List

This has been a beautiful day. All the boys attended service at the Opera House and some went to the Catholic services. Today we has no drill but dressparade. [Robert] Fox, [Frank] Hustead, [John] Baird, [Frank] Christopher, [Frank] Sullivan, [Charles] Lewis, [Fred] Jennewine and [Charles] Burke are on the sick list.

Saturday, August 27th, 1898

Weather is pretty we had a nice Shower during the night wich settlet the dust nicely this being my Birthday I had an invitation from my german Friend to supper with him wich I in deed enjoyed he also gave me one Box of his best Cigars we also had 3 splendid Meals at our Quarters and hope it will continue Rush Lnadis Herrington Fox Brain Baird & christopher are on the Sick List

The weather is pretty. We had a nice shower during the night which settled the dust nicely. This being my birthday I had an invitation from my German friend to supper with him which I indeed enjoyed. He also gave me one box of his best cigars. We also had three splendid meals at our quarters and hope that it will continue. [Ray] Rush, [Jacob] Landis, [Charles] Herrington, [Robert] Fox, [Frank] Brain, [John] Baird and [Frank] Christopher are on the sick list.

Thursday, August 25th, 1898

The Weather is pretty we are still doing Guard duty but have no drilling except Dressparade in the Evening for it is too hot we all sent Mail Home on the Senator wich leaves for the U.S. without troops do and in the we all receive Mail after Dressparade and we all went to bed happy. Fox Hustead Collins Brain Hanly and Fred Germiwine remain on the sick List

The weather is pretty. We are still doing guard duty but have no drill except for dressparade in the evening for it is too hot. We all sent mail home on the Senator which leaves for the U.S. without troops. We all receive mail after dressparade and we all went to be happy. [Robert] Fox, [Frank] Hustead, [Charles] Collins, [Frank] Brain, [James] Hanly and Fred Jennewine remain on the sick list.

Wednesday, August 24th, 1898

The Weather is clear and Hot and we commence to think raigny season is over we have some good fresh Beef and have Bread issused now a chinamen is baking it for us but it is not verry good it has a souer taste we goe trough our regular drills this day Fox Hustead Collins C D. Brain Hanly and Fred Germiwine are on the Sick List

The weather is clear and hot and we commence to think the rainy season is over. We have some good fresh beef and have bread issued. Now a Chinese man is baking it for us but it is not very good. It has a sour taste. We go through our regular drills this day. [Robert] Fox, [Frank] Hustead, [Charles] Collins, [Frank] Brain, [James] Hanly and Fred Jennewine are on the sick list.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 1898

Again it is verry hot all day we have drilling this morning wich gives us more then we can really stand in the afternon Joe Richway and Milbert Johnson we went back to the old Battlefield and take a look at the ground occupied by both Armies so as to obtain a better Information as the position both lines run really paralel to each other at a distance of almost 800 Yards with Outpost between them These Outpost are fortified position som 300 Yards advance of either side these position where maintained until the Surender of the City. Joe Richway took several Snap shots of our post wich he intents to get enlarged on our Return Home. Fox Hustead Collins Debold Brain Kennedy and Jno Baird are on the sick List but Jno Baird was taken to the Brigade Hospital

Again it is very hot all day. We have drill this morning which gives us more than we can really stand. In the afternoon, Joel Ridgeway and Milbert Johnson [and I?], we went back to the old battlefield and take a good look at the ground occupied by both armies so as to obtain better information. The position of both armies run really parallel to each other at a distance of almost 800 yards with outposts between them. These outposts are fortified positions some 300 yards advance of either side. These positions were maintained until the surrender of the city. Joel Ridgeway took several snapshots of our post which he intends to have enlarged on our return home. [Robert] Fox, [Frank] Hustead, [Charles] Collins, [William] De Bolt, [Frank] Brain, [William] Kennedy and John Baird are on the sick list but John Baird was taken to the Brigade Hospital.

Monday, August 22nd, 1898  

This day it is being verry hot all day. Soapy and a detac of men are baking some Buiscit for Dinner and Supper we also had 2 men Sheap this day at 11 a.m. we moved our Quarters about 50 Yards up to Road in to a spanich tenants House build for 7 Famlies Co C & A occupie this House we all like it verry much and are well pleased the Captain and Lutenants have their Quarters down Stairs and the men up Stairs wich is far the best place we fisced our Quarters in good shape and are settling down for good and hope and pray that we may stay here until we leave these Island for good. Hustead Collins Fox Debold Brain Kennedy and Jno Baird are on the Sick List!

This day it is very hot all day. Soapy [Frank Sullivan] and a detachment of men are baking some biscuits for dinner and supper. We also had two men ship. Today at 11:00 a.m. we moved our quarters about 50 yards up the road into a Spanish tenants’ house build for seven families. Companies C and A occupy this house. We like it very much and are please the captain and lieutenants have their quarters downstairs and the men upstairs which is by far the best place. We fixed our quarters in good shape and are settling down for good and hope and pray that we may stay here until we leave these islands for good. [Frank] Hustead, [Charles] Collins, [Robert] Fox, [William] De Bolt, [Frank] Brain, [William] Kennedy and John Baird are on the sick list.

Sunday, August 21st, 1898  

This is a beautifull Sunday I went and worked at Headquarters in the Fornoon and in the afternon went all over the City old and new and enjoyed my Trip verry much and gather some more Shells at the Beach all the Amerikan Vessell (of all Kins) are laying all in Front of the walled City at 6 pm I returned to my Quarters verry tired and after Supper we all attended Service at the Theater Fox Collins Deabolt Kennedy and Jno Baird are on the Sick List.

This is a beautiful Sunday. I went and worked at headquarters in the fornoon and in the afternoon went all over the city, old and new, and enjoyed my trip very much. I gathered more shells at the beach. All the American vessels (of all kinds) are laying in front of the walled city. At 6:00 p.m. I returned to my quarters very tired. After supper we all attended service at the threater. [Robert] Fox, [Charles] Collins, [Carl] De Bolt, [William] Kennedy and John Baird are on the sick list.