Joseph John Collins:
Spanish-American War Diary


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Apr 1 April fool day al the fellows are playing jokes

Apr 2 Went on a hike up the river on this side crossed over in bancoes came down on other side.

Apr 3 All quite nice day but warm

Apr 4 Have heard that Genl Powal had surrendered to Colonel Howe.

Apr 5 Schooner came in tonight she is an English trader

Apr 6 Clear day but awlful warm

Apr 7 Very quite today is the regular weekly inspection

Apr 8 Lieut Slack with 20 men went up the coast captured an outpost killed 1 wounded 1. at 2 AM in the morning.

Apr 9 On guard on the bridge with Kline.

Apr 10 Boast came in with Lieut Cole and Capt Walsh and lots of commissary supplies.

Apr 11 We were attacked this afternoon while we were drilling at night a detachment was sent out to reconnoiter Major and Capt hart nearly caught in a trap full of spears and arrowheads detachment returned nothing new.

Apr 12 bought pair of white shoes nigger that Kline shot died and buried this morning 1 PM two details being sent out one to Pilar and one to Seville.

Apr 13 Nothing of importance on outpost on the beach.

(Apr 14-16: no entry)

Apr 17 Capt Hart and Walsh with 60 men started at 3 AM on a hike. went on guard in church tower. hiker returned at 6 PM had killed 2 and mortally wounded one brought back. about 10 men and women.

Apr 18 Came of guard at 7.15 am

Apr 19 Nothing of importance very short on rations

Apr 20 On guard on bridge With Kline and Danfield

Apr 21 Capt Walsh Lieut Yost with 80 men started at 4 am to take the town of San Vincente arrived back at 6.30 PM. killed 1 captured 2 will make another attempt

Apr 22 Everything is quite fellows are all resting.

Apr 23 On guard on bridge with Danfield hardly got anything to eat.

Apr 25 A slight earthquake was plainly felt here at 7 AM

Apr 26 Hot and dry we are all out of flour and hard tack and most everything

Apr 28 Fixing new quarters for ourselves over near the first platoon quarters.

Apr 29 Helped to unload ration boat no mail has came in yet

Apr 30 Today is muster and 2 months pay coming only half of our rations are here and the men refused to work without something to eat besides salmon


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