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1898-1899

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PA Spanish American War

The Diary of John Henry Asendorf

The Story of a Pennsylvania Volunteer
During the Philippine-American War (1898 - 1899 )

October 1898

Oct 1/98 Saturday
the Weather is hot to day at 10 o clock the Thermometer reaches the 109 F Mark in the Shade we have another change in Guard duty the first Bat will probably get its share of Outpost and Guard duty now up until this time we have done more guard duty than any other Bat in the City but get no Credit for it should have had this change long ago we all recieve a Mosquito net to day
wich are needed badly Christopher Baird Hanan Kennedy Miller Twist Daugherty Curry Jno and Sparks are on the Sick List

Oct 2/98 Sunday
This is a beautifull day
good many of the Boys attend Catholic cervice in the Morning in the Evening Chaplain Hunter holds services at the Opera House wich was well attended we all enjoyed it and the sacred Concert given by the Colerado Band up until now we hear nothing of the disposition of the Philipino Island Christopher Hanan Baird Kennedy Miller Twist Daugherty Curry Spark and Cuite are on the Sick Book

Oct 3/98 Monday
This is another fine "hot" day
Co C is on Guard at the prison we have regular Guard mount and a strickt Inspection by Major Cuthbertson who has a great desire to call the Co down ones a while but atmitted it to be verry good Christopher Hanan Baird Kennedy Miller Twist Daugherty Sparks and Cuite are on the Sick List

Oct 4/98 Tuesday
This is another fine day but verry "hot" we had General Inspection by Regular Army Officer he reported every think in pretty good shape with the Exception of Hair cuts and Shaves Christopher Hanan Baird Kennedy Miller Twist Daugherty Sparks and Cuite are on the Sick Book

Oct 5/98 Wednesday
the Weather is as hot as ever we are doing regular routine of duty we have a "Grab vine" wich says that we are going home by the way of New York all Kinds of Rumor are afloat to day
Christopher Hanan Baird Kennedy Miller Twist Hanan Daugherty and Cuite remain on the Sick List

Oct 6/98 Thursday
The weather is fine and a niece Breese is blowing the biggest part of the day
we are pretty comfortable now we are making good use of our Cots wich we recieved on the 3 d it is reported that there are 15 cases of smal pox has being ravnig here all the time Christopher Hanan Baird Kennedy Miller Dougherty & Cuite sick

Oct 7/98 Friday
We have had a good Shower during the Night and every thing looks fresh this Morning we are having a extra issue of fresh Meat to day we are trading our Coffee of for Tea to the Chinese and our Corn Beef and Roast Beef we sell to the Merchants at low prices as none of the Boys cares for Corned Meats Co C. is doing Guard duty at the prison our patients at the general Hospital are getting along fine and Jno Baird exspect to be out in a few day
s all the Boys are sending Mail I do Guard duty to Night at the prison Christopher Hanan Baird Miller Dougherty and Cuite remain on the sick List

Oct 8/98 Saturday
This is a verry hot day
we have to suspend drills on account of it and only have a Battalion drill in the Evening we hear all Kinds of Rumors about us going home in November even the "amerikan Soldier" says that we would goe home in November between the 6 x 10. christopher Baird Dougherty Miller and Cuite remain on the sick ListCollrbean Palmer left for U.S.A.

Oct 9/98
it has raigned all Night but is clear now until 3 p.m. we have another heavy Shower we are all attending Services at the Opera House and listen to a fine Concert given by the Colorado Bands consisting of 28 piece after Service where dismissed both Regiment being well represented most of our Officers are taken verry little Interest in Religion Service and do not even attempt to make their Co goe christopher Baird Daugherty Miller and Cuite remain on the Sick List but Cuite is taken to teh general Hospital in the Evening this makes 3 of our men there Jno Baird "Fever" Fred Germiwine a verry bad Leg and Cuite with (-----)

Oct 10/98 Monday
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

Oct 11/98 Tuesday
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 day
s 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

Oct 12/98 Wednesday
It has being a very nice day
until 4 pm sins then it has raigned steady and it looks as it will Keep up all night Co C was relieved from Guard at 7 am we are resting all day
we have Pork and Beans for Dinner and Beef and Rice Soup for Supper we have our new Lambs fixed up in our Quarters. our Patrol has Order to stop every one from selling on the Streets without Licens Christopher Twtis Knotts Baird Miller and Dougherty are on the sick List

Oct 13/98 Thursday
This has being a wed day it is poring down continusly we do verry little duty we have medical Examination 8 of them did not pass this peculiar "Exam" we have dressparade and Inspection of Arms and recieve a pair of Government Shoes and 3 pair of Socks each it is still raigned Christopher Twist Knotts Miller Daugherty and Georg Conn are on the Sick List

Oct 14/98 Friday
It is still raignen all day
we have our Hour Bayonett Exercises in the Morning and dressparade in the Evening this day
was a great Feast day
for the Natives in the Evening the whole City was illuminated I was also in the Cathreal in the Evening watching their strange Way of Worship this day
we recieved another white Duck Shirt and 2 Gingham Shirts Christopher Twist Knotts Miller Daugherty Georg Conn and Milbert Johnson are on the Sick List

Oct 15/98 Saturday
It is still raignen all day
and it is quiet chilly Co C is doing Guard duty at the prisons the Bay is overcrauded with Ships and the Water is so rough that we could not get the Meat of the Boat today
we have a new blue Blouse and Leggins issued and some Campagn Hats we have 3 amerikan Newspaper printed now "the Amerikan Soldier" about 5 weeks old "the Manila Times" 2 weeks old and the "Freedom" just out for the first time Twist Knotts Miller Daugherty Johnson and Georg Conn and McMaster are on the sick List

Oct 16/98 Sunday
It has raigned the biggest part of the day
I was on Guard all Night at the Jail we where relieved at 8 am by the South Dacota Regt wich we understand will have charge over the prisons after this we still have to do without Meat as we cannot get at the Boat we have Beans for Dinner and Rice for Supper and most of the Boys eat at the Restaurant up town we have no dressparade 7 of our Men are doing Guard duty on the Streets in the Evening we all attended Service at the Opera House wich we all enjoyed after Service we had some time Musik rendered by the Colerado Band the House was full this time Spaniard as well as the Native had Invatation Christopher Twist Miller Knotts Daugherty Georg Conn Milbert Johnson and Alb McMaster are on the sick List

Oct 17/98 Monday
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

Oct 18/98 Tuesday
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

Oct 19/98 Wednesday
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 day
s 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

Oct 20/98 thursday
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.

Oct 21/98 Friday
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

Oct 22/98 Saturday
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

Oct 23/98 Sunday
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

Oct 24/98 Monday
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.

Oct 25/98 Tuesday
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

Oct 26/98 Wednesday
It has raigned pretty near all Night but the day
is clear and hot until 6 pm we had a heavy Storm and it got quiet chilly fell just like a Night in November at home we where vaxinated again at least the most of us we had Regimental parade in the Evening on our Street we had fresh Meat and 3 good Meal this day
Cuite christopher Little and Beatty where send to the Guard house at 11 clock by the Captain for leaving Quarters after Taps Conn Knotts and Herrington are on the Sick List

Oct 27/98 Thursday
the Storm Kept up all night but the Morning was clear we went trough our regular routine of Buisnes had fresh Meat again in the Evening the whole Regiment marched 3 Miles out to Malette and had dressparade and passed Grand Review wich was verry sattisfactory but we all got a good soaking befor we arrived at our Barracks our 4 prisoner each got a trial in the afternon Cuite was was sentensed for 30 days and $15.20 fine chirstopher Little and Beatty where senteced to 15 day
s and $6.00 fine Knotts Conn and Herrington are on the Sick List

Oct 28/98 Friday
It has raigned all Night but the Morning is clear and verry hot until 3 o lock pm we had a Sun shower we had 15 Guards out to day
in the Evening we had Bat dressparade I also had my Aplication returned to me wich had being disaproved much to my disapointment for wich at least to my Belief I blame the Captain for it wich I frankly told him (will not write Reasons) we also took a Vote to buy Ice every day I voted against it for I think it will injure us more than doe us good but it passed by Majority Knotts Conn and Herrington remain on the sick List

Oct 29/98 Saturday
the Weather is clear and hot 7 of our men are doing Guard duty we are having fresh Meat to day
and also sign the pay Roll and Muster roll we also have Inspection of Arms and Bat. Dressparade in the Evening we have all Kinds of Rumors afloat but nothing official Mail goes out via Hong Kong Herrington S. Rockwell and G Conn are on the Sick List

Oct 30/98 Sunday
It has raigned pretty near all Night and most part of the day
it raignes this is a verry quiet on account of the wet weather I had a Invatation for a dinner out on a plantation with some german Friend and enjoyed my trip verry much had a splendid Dinner of 8 different Courses we all attened Service at the Opera House where chaplain Fleming from Colerado Regt preached and the Colerado Band furniched the Musick wich was grand the South Dacota peaple are guarding the Jails Co A 10th is on Outpost Herrington Rockwell and Georg Conn remain on the sick List

Oct 31/95 This is a lovely day
we have Muster roll and Inspection in the Morning we all send Mail on the Australia wich leaves this Morning direct for "Frisco" I also visted all our sick at the Hospital and find them all improving Sicknes seems to be a little on the decrease the much Rain Keeps the Air cool and more compfortable the Hospital is near the Bay and a good Breese is blowing constandly from the Bay we have parade in Evening Herrington Conn and S Rockwell are on Sick List



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Submitted and transcribed by John P. Asendorf,
great-grandson of John Henry Asendorf





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