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
Tuesday, September 6th, 1898  Diary View

Sept 6/98 Tuesday
This is a beautiful day but as hot as ever we are still doing Guard duty at the prison the Captain recieves a telegram that Fox had died last Night at 1030 he at ones made the nessisary Arangment and the chaplain Hunter wiches it to be held right after dinner owing to the long distance to the Cemetary wich is situated 1 mile from the old Camp "Dewy" ole Company fill in line and marched to the Hospital we all viewed the Remains wich where to our surprise not a bit national showing showing that he had done suffered terrible Agoni on account of some delay about the Coffin we didnt leave the Hospital until 430 then the Marsh of a firing Squad 1 Carrige and 2 Carts (the squad rode little ponies drove out to the Cemetary we reached them about 7 o Clock in a verry short time we had dug the Grave as soon as he was lowered we fired the Salute (3 times) and the Bugler blowed Taps (3 times) we reached out Quarters at 930 I was indeed verry sore and tired and I guess all of us where Hustead Christopher Lewis Hannon Collins CD and Joe Johnson are on the Sicklist

 

This is a beautiful day but as hot as ever. We are still doing guard duty at the prison. The Captain [Daniel Bierer] receives a telegram that [Robert] Fox died last night at 10:30 p.m. He, at once, made the necessary arrangements and Chaplain [Joseph] Hunter wishes [the funeral] to be held right after dinner owing to the long distance to the cemetery which is situated 1? mile from the old Camp "Dewey." The whole company filed into line and marched to the hospital. We all viewed the remains which were, to our surprise, not a bit natural showing that he had suffered terrible agony. On account of some delay about the coffin, we didn't leave the hospital until 4:30. We then marched off. A firing squad, one carriage and two carts (the squad rode little ponies) drove out to the cemetery. We reached them at about 7 o'clock. In a very short time we had dug the grave. As soon as he was lowered we fired the salute (three times) and the bugler blew Taps (three times). We returned to our quarters at 9:30. I was very, indeed, very sore and tired and I guess all of us were. [Frank] Hustead, [Frank] Christopher, [Charles] Lewis, [Max] Hannan, [Charles] Collins and Joseph P. Johnson are on the sick list.
Soldiers mentioned
on this date:

BIERER, Daniel M.
CHRISTOPHER, Frank G.
COLLINS, Charles O.
FOX, Robert L.
HANNAN, Max
HUNTER, Joseph L.
HUSTEAD, Frank H.
JOHNSON, Joseph P.
LEWIS, Charles J.

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