Spanish American War Letter USS Isla de Luzon

 This letter was written after the Spanish American War, but has a significant connection to the war, in that it was written by a sailor aboard the USS Isla de Luzon. The Isla de Luzon, was part of the Spanish fleet, and in the Battle of Manila Bay, was scuttled in shallow water, after being hit three times. She sank there, and after sinking, the upper part of the ship was still above water. The ship was later repaired, and put into service for the United States, keeping her name, with the USS added. From the letter, August 1901…….

She wrote this to me when I told her of my experience in China, revilee is what the bugler plays in the morning to wake up all hands. This is as true a thing that was ever wrote and when I read it, you can bet I thought of home and friends that I left at home and I hope that they will still be friends when I get home again. As far as I am concerned, I am in the best of health and hope you are the same. Last week we went along side a collier to coal ship and in doing so we bent two boat davits, and stove in our port six pounder gun spouson ?, they are now fixing the same and there is all kinds of hard work to do, we also tore our port bridge down trying to leave the collier. A few weeks ago as we were coming from a place called Bacaboladi, we had target practice with great guns, after setting the target we drew off to about two thousand yards and fired our first shot, a six pounder, when a Filipinoe sailed into firing line, we signaled for him to get out of the way, but he would not do so, so we kept up a firing when we were through after firing about 80 four inch, and 300 six pounders, we picked up the target we found that the goo goos or Filipinoes had tied to the target which was bust to hell but the goo goo boat was not harmed, one goo goo had died from fright the other one was so sick we took him to the hospital where he died the other day……

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