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
Monday, April 10th, 1899  Diary View

Monday April 10/99
we got up befor daylight fed our Horses and took a days Ration and started towards Manila at 5.30 everything went on all right until we reached the River here I swam our Horses across and put the Carige on the Raft and pulled it across from the other Side this we had to do at the rest of the 3 Rivers just as we crossed the last River some Rebels fired at us but we drove on for dear life in fact we had never realised our danger but we arived in Manila safely at 6p.m. at 7 o Clock we heard the News that a heavy Battle was fought along the Railroad and in the same town where we where fired on the Minisotas had 4 men Killed and 8 wounded and the Oregons 3 Killed and 14 wounded all the Killed where terribly cut up some had their Hearts cut out some had their Bodies cut all up to pieces our Men now get blod thirsty and many of the Native are threated likewise though unknown to the Officers about 150 Niggers where Killed and many wounded and about 100 where taking Prisoner and broght to Manila in Manila everything is quiet the Regulars are patroling the City and some of them have been stabed to death by the treacherous Natives.

 

We got up before daylight, fed our horses, took a day's rations and started towards Manila at 5:30. Everything went on alright until we reached the river. Here, I swam our horses across and put the carriage on the raft and pulled it across from the other side. This we had to do at the other three rivers. Just as we crossed the last river, some rebels fired at us but we drove on for dear life. In fact, we had never realized our danger but we arrived at Manila safely at 6 p.m. At 7 o'clock we heard the news that a heavy battle was fought along the railroad; and, in the same town where we were fired on, the Minnesotans had four men killed and eight wounded and the Oregonians three killed and fourteen wounded. All the killed were terribly cut up. Some had their hearts cut out and some had their bodies all cut up to pieces. Our men now get blood thirsty and many of the natives are treated likewise though unknown to the officers. About 150 niggers were killed and many wounded and about 100 where taken prisoner and brought to Manila. In Manila everything is quiet. The regulars are patrolling the city and some of them have been stabbed to death by the treacherous natives.
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