Saturday, April 12, 2014

Today in Philippine History: Battle of Paete

APRIL 12, 1899
Gen. Henry W. Lawton ordered 220 U.S. soldiers to march to Paete after capturing Sta. Cruz and Pagsanjan. Major John Fraine sent scouts to locate the Filipino positions and were able to see 50 Filipino soldiers manning a breast work. He ordered five soldiers to flank the Filipino lines but were fired upon by those hidden in the thick foliage. The four were killed and the other wounded. In retaliation, the Americans bombarded the Filipinos with artillery fire along with infantry assaults in the front and flanks and Gatling gun fire from the gunboat Laguna de Bay. 5 Americans were killed while 15 Filipinos died in the Battle of Paete.

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