John Henry Asendorf in uniform The War Diary of John Henry Asendorf
The Story of a Pennsylvania Volunteer during the Spanish-American War in the Philippines and the Philippine American War
Saturday, August 13th, 1898  Diary View

August 13/98 Saturday
The Morning is clear and we returned to Camp after getting Orders to get our Breakfast there and take 2 days Field Ration and 200 Rounds of Amunition we had allready 50 in our Belt while we where eating Breakfast at Camp the Insurgent where still fighting with the Enemy I heard the Captain say that Dewy would commence the Bombardment at ones we where all worn out then but where to anxious to move on the Manila we now heard Dewey Guns open up for a couple of Hours when the City surendered we then fell in line and marched 2 Miles then took the Beach direct for the City this Side of Manila we had to cross a Stream about 200 Yards wide through wich waded through wich was as good as a bath as we neared the City the opened Fire upon us but wecould not tell where the came from most of them passed over our heads into the Water this only lasted about 30 Minute just then Dewys Guns opened up again right over our Heads we renewed our March wich was now trough Water 2 to 3 Feet deep right on the Shore wich is fortified by a 10 Foot High Wall we then marched trough Malata especting every Minute to be fired at from the Houses for we ocasinally heard firing but we marched right on until we stopped in Front of the Forte of the old City Manila wich is souronded by 2 high Walls and 2 Streams right on top of the Fortes we seen the white Flag floating just about one Hour befor we arived here some of our men had accidently discharged his Gun and the Spaniards behind the Fortes opened ther Guns again killing one Men and wounding good many others but our Men (Colorado) did not Return the fire and the Spaniards stopped and it was good for them for Dewy could lay their well build Forts in Aches plus the whole City if nessesary in verry short time after taken a Lunch at this place we moved up into the City it was now 8 o Clock and we stopped right in Front of DeOrient Hotel where Gen. Greens Headquarters are establich we laid here on the Street for 2 hours then we took up our Quarters in a old catholic Cathedral for the Night Everybody was tired and we all slept well although had nothing to sleep on but Tile Floors and Gun blankets Christopher Shanaberger and Wm Collins

 

The morning is clear and we returned to camp after getting orders to get our breakfast there and take two days field rations and 200 rounds of ammunition. We already had 50 [rounds] in our belt. While we were eating breakfast at camp, the insurgents were still fighting with the enemy. I heard the Captain say that [Admiral] [George] Dewey would commence the bombardment at once. We were all worn out then but were anxious to move on to Manila. We now heard Dewey's guns open up for a couple hours when the city surrendered we then fell in line and marched two miles and took the beach directly across from the city. This side of Manila we had to cross a stream about 200 yards wide through which we waded which was as good as a bath. As we neared the city they open fired on us but we could not tell where it came from. Most of the shots passed right over our heads into the water. This lasted about thirty minutes. Just then, [Admiral] [George] Dewey's guns opened up again right over our heads. We renewed out march which was now through water two to three feet deep, right on the shore, which is fortified by a ten foot high wall. We then marched through Malata expecting every minute to be fired at from the houses because we occasionally heard firing but we marched right on until we stopped in front of the fort of the old city of Manila which is surrounded by two high walls and two streams. Right on top of the fort we saw the white flag floating. Just about one hour before we arrived here one of our men had accidently discharged his gun and the Spaniards behind the forts opened their guns again killing one man and wounding good many others but our men (Colorado Volunteers) did not return the fire and the Spaniards stopped and it was good for them because [Admiral] [George] Dewey could lay their well-built forts to ashes, plus the whole sity if necessary in very short time. After we took lunch at this place we moved up into the city. It was now 8:00 o'clock and we stopped right in front of DeOrient(?) Hotel where General [Francis V.] Greene's headquarters are established. We laid here on the street for two hours and then we took up our quarters in an old Catholic cathedral for the night. Everybody was tired and we all slept well although we had nothing to sleep on but tile floors and gun blankets. [Frank] Christopher, [Frank] Shanaberger and William Collins [are on the sick list].
Soldiers mentioned
on this date:

BIERER, Daniel M.
CHRISTOPHER, Frank G.
COLLINS, William D.
SHANABENGER, Frank w.

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