September 1900 - September 28, 1900 (Friday)

September 28, 1900 (Friday)

  • The United States War Department received a cable from General Arthur MacArthur with the worst news to that time from the war in the Philippines. Fifty-one men from Company F of the 29th Volunteer Infantry, under the command of Captain Devereaux Shields, had apparently been taken prisoner by the Filipino resistance, along with the gunboat Villalobos. "There is scarcely a doubt that the entire party has been captured with many killed and wounded", MacArthur cabled, "Shields among the latter." The prisoners were later released on October 15, with Captain Shields and 48 men having survived.

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