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Aug Sept 1 On old guard fatigue Mayon came in at 3.30 with rations and Gatilno (?) recd 2 letters 1 from Mamie Fant 1 from home about the death of Thresa.

Sept 2 Mayon went out answered 2 letters sent pictures home. Major expected. Col. Howe launch came in at 11.AM with Lieut Sledge Capt Fields and the Chaplin also new Batt Sergt Major had church service 11.30. boat left at 2. PM. had 3 cock fights in afternoon rained hard went on guard under house

Sept 3 came off guard at 6 AM Sleep in the morning. few steamers passed on way to Sorsogon Played poker in evening. Surumias came in at 9.30 PM with the Major Frisco was not with him

Sept 4 On old guard fatigue went to hospital with Rheumatism in shoulder. Major fired the Gatlin in the afternoon rained hard at retreat

Sept 5 Earthquake and thunderstorm Mayon came in at 3 PM Lieut Yost with Co A artificer went to Manila shot fired on No 6 accidently had call to arms at supper

Sept 6 Heavy rain and storm all day. Was on guard at 1st Plt bridge top of roof blew away injured nobody narrow escape Lieut Slack sent a rocket sea very rough

Sept 7 Clear day nothing of importance came off guard at 7 PM.

Sept 8 Library opened was on old guard fatigue took canoe out with Rollins.

Sept 9 Rained hard in the morning had a good many chicken fights. Went on guard at 2nd Plt bridge could not sleep for mosquitos all the men in quarters were up. Am in the service 1 year.

Sept 10 Came of guard at 5.45 AM sleep in the morning. both Companies raised a flag and pole 105 feet high suffered to be the highest raised by an american on the islands. Surumias came in and loaded with hemp had first drink of wine on the island played poker at night

Sept 11 Was on old guard fatigue hauling water. the band arrived here from Sorsogon on the Colonels launch as the guest of Co. D. played at retreat also after supper. Officers had a dance at night Band stationed in Artillery old quarter clear all day and night

Sept 12 On water detail had guard mount with band had dress parade and a short concert afterwards the Capt give us prvielege to buy a pint of wine had rough house until 12 Oclock.

Sept 13 Went on house guard at 7 AM dress parade and concert rained hard until Midnight was a terrible night for seeing 2 shots fired

Sept 14 Came off guard at 7 AM Mosquito bite hard. had guard mount with Marice (?) Murray got $30 and 60 days sleep until dinner time Colonel's launch came at 3 Oclock for band very hot in the afternoon

Sept 15 Had inspection at 9.30. was on old guard fatigue Sergt Dunkle went out with a scouting expedition was fired on near Seville returned at 4 PM played poker at night.

Sept 16 At party went out at 2 AM this morning and another went out at 3.30 returned at 8 AM. was dining room orderly. Sorsogon came in at 5 PM received 3 letters 2 from home from Mae

Monday Sept 17 Went on guard at 1st plt bridge everything quite mosquitos bad at night.

Sept 18 Came off guard at 7 AM sleep in the morning very warm changing the fellows around. Fellows are all talking about being mustered out

Sept 19 On old guard fatigue policing around rained hard in afternoon. Quiet at night

Sept 20 Slept in the morning. at 7 PM went on guard at 9 PM Capt. Hart and Lt Slack went out with 50 men of D. Company to Capture Genl Bellameana. was told to keep a sharp lookout for a fire or rockets came Sept 21 of at 7. AM raining very hard. Surumusn (?) came in at 7.30 PM. had a little mail. detail of 20 men went to Seville under Sergt McHenry of A Company to scout in the vincinty a women that came in reported heavy firing at 6 AM in the direction of San Vincente in the afternoon anxiously listening to hear firing. at 8 PM. a white and red and white rocket was sent up by Capt Hart meaning. we have met with resistance but are all right. the Major answered with a blue one meaning good work push onward about 15 minutes after a fire is seen in the direction of Seville.

Sept 22 Part of expedition came in at 230 AM. Sergt Major and those that played out were left in the hills all night returned at 9.AM. reported killed 1 Lt. and 4 privates in an engagement at San Vincente. burned the jail in Seville and San Vincente. The U.S. Transport Warren with 800 of the 9th Calvary stopped here to give the Major a sailboat it had left 400 at Pasaquien and the rest are for the vincinty of Legaspi Went on guard at 1st plt bridge had no inspection rained hard in afternoon. mosquitos fierce at night could not sleep worse than niggers

Sept 23 came off guard at 7 AM sleep in the morning in. afternoon Sergt Wise and 13 indians went out in a canoe dressed as natives to try and capture the toll-collectors but the troop that were sent out after was seen by the nigger and they vamoosed. had 2 cock fights in afternoon quite at night.

Sept 24 On old guard fatigue hauling water Sergt Dunkle and scouts went out. fixing all the trenches that had been washed away by rain. raining hard at night played 7up in the evening

Sept 25 Fixed bridge in the morning in afternoon moving target trench out to hill. rained hard at night

Sept 26 Went on guard between bridges everything quite mosquitos fierce during the night

(in top margin) Note Sept 27 boat came in with mail and Lt Yost.

Sept 27 Came off guard at 7 AM. sleep in the morning worked out at target in afternoon.

Sept 28 Still working at target. in afternoon carried sand from beach to target butt. played whist at night

Sept 29 Room orderly had no inspection gang went out to target to work wrote a letter home.

Sept 30 Rained in the morning had muster at 10 AM had call to arms at night.


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