APRIL 10, 1899
The Battle of Sta. Cruz was part of General Henry W. Lawton’s Laguna de Bay Campaign. General Elwell S. Otis, Commander of the US VII Corps ordered Lawton’s 2nd Division to head for Laguna Province and neutralize the Filipino revolutionaries’ stronghold in the town of Sta. Cruz commanded by Gen. Juan Cailles. Lawton led his 1,509 men in attacking the heavily guarded town. In this battle, 96 Filipino soldiers of General Emilio Aguinaldo died, 6 launches and 41 Filipinos were captured. The remaining revolutionaries withdrew to Pagsanjan.