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 8th, 1899  Diary View

March 8/99 Wednesday
the Washington South Dacota and Pennsylvanians was fighting all Night but towards Morning the Enemy ceased firing but at 10 o Clock just as I drove up with a Load of Beef the Enemy suddenly opened up a hot fire 3 of our Men where out to far just about 400 Yards from the Enemy not noticing their trenches of course the 3 opened a fire but finally the Insurgents made a charge on them about 50 of them but the Utah just putt a Shell among them wich raised a Cloud of dust and after it disapeared we could see 20 Rebels who where no doubt Killed all the rest retreated but the Utah put 5 more Shells into them but they never fired another Shot all day we had a fine chance to advance but Orders are to remain in our place the Nebraskas had a heavy Engagement and lost 4-5 Killed and that many wounded

 

The Washington, South Dakota and Pennsylvania Regiments were fighting all night; but, towards the morning, the enemy ceased firing. But, at 10 o'clock, just as I drove up with a load of beef, the enemy suddenly opened up a hot fire. Three of our men were out too far, just about 400 yards from the enemy not noticing their trenches. Of course the three opened fire but finally the insurgents made a charge on them. About 50 of them charged by the Utah Battery put a shell among them which raised a cloud of dust and after it disappeared we could see 20 rebels who were no doubt killed. All the rest retreated but the Utah Battery put five more shells into them but they never fired another shot all day. We had a fine chance to advance but orders are to remain in our place. The Nebraska Regiment had a heavy engagement and lost four or five killed and as many wounded.
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