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, March 28th, 1899  Diary View

March 28/99 Tuesday
Penn are on Firing line but only advance a short distance into a smal Town the Weather was verry hot and good many where overcome by the Heat four of us on the Wagon train went out searching for Weapons after searching 7 or 8 Shacks I went into one lovely Shack hidden in a Orchard of Bananas all by myself and unarmed thinking it was deserted but on entering the Front Room a midle aged Woman with a long Mashette jumped at me vigorous unexspected I stepped back a few Steps grabed hold of a Heavy chair and felled her to the Flor where she laid unconsiously I their disarmed her and exspect to Keep this Knife for a Relick on leaving the place a few Bullits passed me but soon my Comrades came and in 10 Minutes we had 3 Niggers run down one made good his Escape while we riddelt the other 2with Bullits to a finich

(Sergt Sharp of Co K wounded)

 

The Pennsylvania Regiment is on the firing line but we only advance a short distance into a small town. The weather was very hot and a good many of the men were overcome by the heat. Four of us on the wagon train went out searching for weapons. After searching seven or eight shacks I went into one lovely shack hidden in an orchard of bananas all by myself and unarmed thinking it was deserted. But, on entering the front room, a middle-aged woman with a long machete jumped at me vigorously unexpectedly. I stepped back a few steps, grabbed a heavy chair and felled her to the floor where she laid unconscious. I then disarmed her and expect to keep this knife for a relic. On leaving the place, a few bullets passed me but soon my comrades came and in ten minutes we had three niggers run down. One made good his escape while we riddled the other two with bullets to a finish. (Sergeant Sharp of Company K wounded).
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