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
Wednesday, March 15th, 1899  Diary View

March 15/99 Wednesday
it has raigned all Night and most of the Regiment where engaged all Night but at day break every thing was quiet again except the Sharpshooter who Killed several of our men and also wounded some but befor Night we had Revenge for at about 7 o Clock the Rebels made a strong attack on our lines wich we held this they Kept up until Midnight several of our Men where Killed and some wounded but the Rebels losses where as usual verry heavy as in the early Morning we could see them carry their dead back at our church every think was quiet and no more shots where fired on either Mail came in at Night (transcriber's note: this starts the next page which seems to be directly after J.H.A. was ambushed)

at 2 o Clock in the Morning I was called out to Haul some more ammunition to the front as I am writing this I am very nervous because both of my Arms are banded up and they are painful on my way was ambushed by 3 Filipnios and came pretty near Killed they had no Guns but Bolos the some way sneaked up on me without me seeing them they slashed both of my Arms and on slash on the Head but in trying to get my Gun they pulled me of the Cart but I Killed both of them with the but of my Gun and the 3th one was Killed by a Minnisota Boy on Guard near by the Doctor put 22 stiches in to fix them up and called for help I was bleeding like a stuck pig but the cuts are not deep its surely though in this nayborhood life just now is not worth 2 Cents I guess I be on light duty from now on at least until theese cuts are healed up we only live from 1 day to another

 

It has rained all night and most of the regiment was engaged all night; but, at daybreak everything was quiet again except for the sharpshooters who killed several of our men and also wounded some. But, before night, we had our revenge for at about 7 o'clock the rebels made a strong attack on our lines which we held. They kept this up until midnight and several of our med were killed and some wounded but the rebel losses were, as usual, very heavy and in the early morning we could see them carrying their dead back. At our church everything was quiet and no more shots were fired on either side. Mail came in at night. At 2 o'clock in the morning I was called out to haul some more ammunition to the front. As I am writing this I am very nervous because both of my arms are bandaged up and they are painful. On my way I was ambushed by 3 Filipinos and cam pretty near killed. They had no guns but bolo. They somehow sneaked up on me with me seeing them. They slashed both of my arms and one slash on the head, and in trying to get my gun they pulled me from the cart but I killed both [two] of them with the butt of my gun and the third one was killed by a Minnesota boy on guard nearby. The doctor put 22 stitches in to fix them up and called for help. I was bleeding like a stuck pig but the cuts are not deep. It sure tough in this neighborhood. Life just now is not worth 2 cents. I guess I'll be on light duty from now on at least until these cuts are healed up. We only live from one day to another.
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ASENDORF, John H.

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