Joseph John Collins:
Spanish-American War Diary


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Feb 1 We are digging trenches in case of an attack

Feb 2 clearing all the brush in front of the outpost eating nothing but bacon and tack

Feb 3 On guard at church tower

Feb 4 attacked by about 40 from across the river lasted about 1 hour 1 bugler hit.

(Feb 4-8: no entry)

Feb 9 House on the outskirts of town set on fire lots of yelling by niggers but no shooting

(Feb 10-11: no entry)

Feb 12 Took a hike about 5 miles at 3 AM came back at 9.30 AM discovered nothing

(Feb 13-15: no entry)

Feb 16 Boat here with a lot of canteen supplies there is a rough camp here today

(Feb 17-20: no entry)

Feb 20 capt Hart and Lieut Slack with 11 men went up the river about 5 miles were fired on but could not get a shot at them returned safe.

Feb 21 A crowd of us went up the river in boats we were attacked and 1 bugler killed named Morrison from Marietta Penna we are all very much grived as it is the first man we have lost. at 8.30 PM can see reflection of a large fire in the direction of San Vincente.

Feb 22 Was on guard at the bridge at 10 PM there was a fire started about 5 houses burned we gave the bugler a Military funeral at 9.30 this morning

Feb 23 Lieut Slack took part of the company out and dropped in the bushes stayed there until dark could see nothing

Feb 24 They started a fire in the north part of the town we were in the trenches all night

(Feb 25-27: no entry)

Feb 28 Boat in for a load of hemp


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