Joseph John Collins:
Spanish-American War Diary


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May 1 We expect to get bread tonight it is very warm

May 2 Getting a little better grub since we kicked 2 steamers came into port

May 3 A transport with 2 troops of the 11 calvary on the way to Legaspi (?) stopped here

May 4 A party of 115 men under Major Wise Capt Hart wand Lieut Yost started on a 2 day hike for Old Donsol and San Vincente, Sergt Harvey shot through the leg at 6 PM had an engagement of about and hour took Donsol and slept in church all night

May 5 Got up and started at 430 AM took San Vincente at 1 PM shipped Sergt Harvey home in a banco at 7 PM arrived back at Donsol at 11 PM

May 6 All the fellows stiff today small steamer came in

May 7 Boat load of natives came in amongst them was Francisco Hernandez wife

(May 8: no entry)

May 9 No mail boat yet Hospital ship Relief to Sergt Harvey and 2 others to Manila

Apr 10 [sic] Ration boat comes in got some mail busy unloading boat it is hot as h-l.

May 11 At 12 last night a party of 40 men in rowboats towed by a launch went to Magoon a small town 6 miles up the coast captured an outpost killed 1 and captured 2 a steamer with a lighter in tow came in just as we bot back at 7. AM

May 12 We got enough rations to do us until August

May 13 A boat came in last night from Sorsogon received letter Major Anderson came.

(May 14: no entry)

May 15 A restriction on water posted up

May 16 We had a scrap with the niggers outside the town it lasted 2 hrs they had Mausers and Remington rifles

(May 17-21: no entry)

May 22 Very warm We were attacked twice once at Mess time 5.30 the other at 7 PM nobody was hit on our but 8 shots took effect on the niggers that we know of.

May 25 A steamers from Sorsogon came in with rations

May 26 A small steamer on her way to Pilar stopped here a comet passed over the town at 12 PM lighting up everything

(May 27-29: no entry)

May 30 Very Warm looks like rain we had Sourkraut for supper for finishing cook house.

May 31 Muster for the month the boat crew under Lieut Slack captured a filibuster boat in Pilar Bay last night with 6 men aboard.


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