B B STOUT, M 1ST TENN, MARCH 17 1899
B B STOUT, M 1ST TENN, MARCH 20 1899
ILOILO, P.I. March 17.
The insurgents showed a disposition
to fight yesterday, and our
company was sent out to aid the 18th in
a little fight, and they got into firing
line just at dark. The boys say that
it was the hottest scrap they have
been into, the bullets flew thicker and
faster around them than ever before.
I was on duty at the barracks, and
after the boys returned and reported
I was glad that I was not with them,
for they waded water from knee to
chin deep and were the muddiest
fellows you ever saw.
The insurgents are getting so they
can shoot better and use what guns
they have a good deal better than
they could when the fun began.
Capt. Clark came in a while ago
asked our boys if we had a blacking
brush; we had it, but it is the first
time we have needed that kind of a
machine since we have been here; we
are not putting on much style at
Iloilo. The boys are lying around
tonight resting. Tudor is deeply
immersed in a magazine four months
March 20 - We received mail
today, and I got your letter of January
24, and I assure you it was a most
We are fast holding what we have
taken and are waiting for more
troops; we can hold what we have
all right, but we can't hold this
place and go out to the mountains,
but if they don't surrender soon,
there will be troops here from Manila
and then --- .
We are enjoying life well to be
right in firing distance of the enemy;
they slip up close to our out posts
and fire, and then we fire, and they
retreat. In the battle mentioned
two men were killed in the 18th infantry
and twelve wounded, while
the enemy lost about 500. Dead
insurgents were hauled off the field
in carts next day.
A private in Co. F., preached last
night and I suppose it was the first
Protestant services held here for
some time, it was a lonesome affair,
as there was not a "piece of calico"
large enough for a pocket handkerchief
in or around the barracks, and
you know that it takes "calico" to
make a fellow interested in church.
When we are out on post our meals
are brought to us, we have biscuit
every meal now. My little stripes
keep me out of a good deal of extra
work, and I don't have to go on duty
near so often. We have not been
paid since January 1, and don't
expect to be until May. We are
anticipating a good time when we get
out into the country. We are better
satisfied since the insurgents got to
fighting, although we did not enlist
to fight insurgents, it would have
been too bad to come 11,000 miles to
fight and then get no scrap.
B. B. STOUT
Co. M, 1st Reg. Tenn Vol.
Crittenden press., June 01, 1899, Page 1