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

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July 17/98 Sunday
Weather splendid and the Water is verry Calm in the Morning about 4 o Clock we enetered the Bay in single file the Boston leading the Entrance of the Bay does not seem to be more than 2 miles wide flanked on both sides by large Hills we soon sighted Dewys Fleet all scatered around in the Bay the Majority of them near a place called Cavite here we ankered and soon discovered the Ruins of the spanish Fleet the old Hulks
where sticking here and there out of the Water right near the Shores of Cavite wich is allready in the Hands of U.S. troops sins Dewy destroyer their Handsome Fleet right opposite from this place we can plainly see the City of Manila wich we are to capture in due time during the whole day we could hear the shooting of the Spaniards and Insurgent plainly the where fighting verry hard towards Evening Connading and musketing in the afternon we recieved the News
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