Newspaper Accounts of the Philippine
Insurrection/ War on Marinduque
The newspapers in the United States
received cablegrams from the war front and
it was not unusual to find some news from
the Philippines each day. In this section I
have listed the actual news as it was printed
in the papers from all over the U.S.
Daily Iowa State Press May 7
Manila. May 7.
Col. Hardin's expedition recently landed two companies of the Twenty-ninth infantry on
the island of Marinduque. The troops have already taken four towns without opposition,
the few armed insurgents encountered taking to the mountains. Leaving one company to
garrison the island, the expedition proceeded to Masbate.
NEWARK DAILY ADVOCATE. September 28 New Jersey
CAPTURE Of Capt. Shields and 51 men by Insurgents. Washington, Sept. 28.
General Macarthur today cables reporting the probable capture by the insurgents of
Captain Shields and 51 men of the 29th Volunteer infantry. His dispatch reads as follows:
Manilla, Sept. 28. Adjutant General, Washington: Sept. 11, Captain Devereux Shields, 51
men, company F, 29th regiment U.S. V. Infantry, one hospital corps man left Santa Cruz
Marinduque by gunboat Villalobos for Torijos intending return overland Santa Cruz. Have
heard nothing since from Shields. Scarcely doubt entire party captured with many killed,
wounded; Shields among latter; information sent by commanding officer Boac, dated Sept.
20, received Sept. 24, consisted of rumors through natives. Yorktown and two gunboats
George S. Anderson, colonel, 38th Volunteer; two companies 28th Volunteer infantry sent
to Marinduque immediately. Anderson confirms first report as to capture but unable, Sept.
27, to give details present whereabouts Shields, and party or names killed and wounded.
This information probably available soon. Anderson has orders commence operation
immediately and move relentlessly until Shields and party rescued. All troops expected
soon. Logan will be sent Marinduque if necessary clear up situation.
THE NORTH ADAMS EVENING TRANSCRIPT Massachusetts
Detachment of the Twenty-Ninth Regiment Surprised and Scattered
Manila, Oct. 17
Full details are now at hand as to the capture of Captain Devereux Shields and his parity
by the insurgents in the island of Marinduque last month, and their experiences prior to
their rescue by General Luther R. Hare. After four weeks' of captivity, hard treatment,
hunger and continual marching to avoid the rescuing force, which greatly aggravated the
sufferings of the wounded. Captain Shields and his command were delivered by the
rebels to General Hare last Sunday at Buena Vista, on the Marinduque coast. Captain
Shields and his party, while operating north of Torrijos, were taken in ambush in the steep
hills. They attempted to cut their way to the coast, but became subjected to the enemy's
four-sided fire, Captain Shields being shot twice and badly wounded. After four had been
killed and five wounded, being out of ammunition, his command surrendered, through a
misunderstanding, to 25 insurgent riflemen and 1000 bolomen. On this news reaching
Manila two companys of the Thirty-eighth volunteer Infantry, under Colonel George
Sanderson, Were immediately sent to Marinduque. This force was followed by eight
companies of the First infantry, under General Hare. The combined force of 1309 men
proceeded to occupy all the towns in the island and to scour the country. General Hare
gave the rebels one week in which to surrender the prisoners and the latter's rifles. The
rebels perceived that it was only a question of time when the release of the prisoners
would be effected, and they opened up communications with General Hare, which
resulted in the handing over of the captives. General Hare's command will remain in
Marinduque. He has given the insurgents until Oct. 21 to surrender themselves and the
51 captured rifles. If they fail to comply, he will undertake an active punitive campaign.
THE NORTH ADAMS EVENING TRANSCRIPT Massachusetts
ANOTHER ANXIOUS ISLAND
Wants Americans and Believes in Harshness
Romolon Island, March 18— By mail Boac Island, Marinduque, March 16:
The question of attaching this island Marinduque to the province of Tayabas was
discussed by the American Philippine commission since their arrival here and has been
decided in the negative. The sentiment of the people wholly favor forming a separate
province. The population of 50,000 was represented during the discussions and the
commission has met intelligent delegations from all towns on the island. There are 300
insurgents still in the mountains of Marinduque. but otherwise the inhabitants are anxious
for the pacification of the island and 'to accept American sovereignty. Judge Taft
announced that Captain Hale and the chairmen of the various committees of natives
formed to organize municipal law in the towns of Marinduque, Judge Taft promised
commission he will return and organize the province of Marinduque. Major Smith
commanding the American garrison, on this island has issued an order requiring all
natives to live in the five principal towns where American troops are stationed. Those
natives who continue to live in the country be considered insurgents A few insurgents
have recently been killed or wounded in these towns and supplies have been destroyed.
The inhabitants of this island favor the drastic policy towards the insurgents. The
American Philippine commission will soon prepare a recommendation to President
McKinley on the character and form of the general civil government to be established in
The matter has yet received but informal consideration.
Davenport Daily Leader, Iowa April 17
Insurrection in Marinduque Ends. Washington. April I7
The war department has received the following from Macarthur: "Colonel Abad Insurgent
leader of Marinduque. Nine officers, 70 soldiers, with 24 small arms, surrendered to Major
Smith on the 15th. They were oathed with impressive ceremony and released. This ends
the insurrection there."
The Nebraska State Journal March 25th
Convict him of Sedition
First sentence under new regulations in Philippines
MANILA. March 24.
Senor Torres of the Island of Marinduque, has been sentenced to ten years' Imprisonment
in Blllbid prison for sedition. This is the first sentence on this charge.
Bismark Daily Tribune Bismark North Dakota June 21 1902
Maximo, a former insurgent leader of the island of Marinduque has been sentenced to ten
years imprisonment and to pay a fine of $2,000 in gold for sedition in taking the oath of
allegiance and not giving up hidden arms
New York Times December 23 1900
PORT IN MARINDUQUE CLOSED.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 22. A general order recently Issued by Gen. MacArthur,
Military Governor of the Philippine Islands, Says that: "Military conditions requiring it, the
port of Boac, Island of Marlnduque, opened to the coasting trade June 1, 1900, is closed
to such trade and all trade of whatsoever character with said Island is, until further orders,
Trenton Times New Jersey March 14, 1901
Manila, March 14. Lieutenant John L. Hines. with Company K, Second United States
infantry, encountered a body of Insurgents south of Buenavista, Marlnduque island, one
American being killed and three wounded. The Insurgents lost 6 killed and 13 wounded. A
combined effort Is being made to crush the insurgents in Marinduque island, and ten
expeditions are operating in that territory.
Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia November 27, 1902
Another Cable Company.
Washington, November 26.—Brigadier General Greely, chief signal officer of the army,
was informed by cable from the Philippines today of the completion of the cable,
connecting the island of Romblon with Masbate and Marinduque islands. This establishes
duplicate cable communication with all the large Islands of the archipelago except
November 13 1901 Fort Wayne Sentinel Indiana
DIED IN THE PHILIPPINES.
Information has just reached the city of the death of Willie A. Perkins, a Fort Wayne
soldier in company A, Thirtieth, infantry, which occurred July 10, at Santa Cruz, P.I. The
information came in the return of a letter written by his uncle. Officer J. A. Richardson, of
171 Hayden street, across which was penned in red ink, ''Died at Santa Cruz,
Marinduque, P. I., July 19." Nothing further is known and no word has been received from
the government or army officials to convey news of the young man's death. He was very
well known in Fort Wayne and enlisted for army service last February. His parents are
dead and the only immediate relative living here a sister, Mrs. Frank Peterson
May 8 1902 The Oxford Mirror Iowa
In the Island of Marinduque Inspector Brown has captured six cannon in good condition
and 200 iron cannon balls.
March 31 1902 Hamilton Daily Democrat Ohio
John Schneider is home from the Philippines the guest of his parents in North Third
street. Mr. Schneider enislted at Indianapolis, March 9, 1899 and was assigned to
company M. 14th United States infantry. With this regiment he went to the Philippines and
saw service in Luzon and Marinduque.
March 29,1901 Hawaiian Gazette, Hawaii Territory
Pacifying the Philippines
Romblon,Island of Romblon March 17 (By mail form Boac, Island of Marinduque, March 18)
The question of attaching this island (Marinduque) to Tayabas, discussed bt the American
Philippine Commission since their arrival here, has been decided in the negative. The
sentiment of the people was wholly in favor of forming a separate province. A population of
50,000 was represented during the discussion and the commission has met intelligent
delegations from all the towns on the island.
There are three hundred insurgents stilll in the mountains of Marinduque, but otherwise the
inhabitants are anxious for the pacification of the island and to accept American sovereignty.
Judge Taft has announced Captain Bandholtz to be chairman of the various committees of
natives formed to organize municipal law in the towns of Marinduque. Judge Taft has
promised that the commission will return and organize the province of Marinduque.
Major Smith, commanding the American garrisons on this island, has issued an order
requiring all natives to live in the five principal towns where American troops are stationed.
Those natives who continue to live in the country will be considered insurgents.
A few insurgents have recently been killed or wounded near these towns and their supplies
have been destroyed.
The inhabitants of this island favor a drastic policy toward the insurgents.
The American Philippine commission will soon prepare a recommendation to President
McKinley on the form and character of the civil government to be established in the
archipelago. The matter has as yet received only formal consideration. This port (Boac)
will be the capital of the newly formed province, composed of adjacent islands. It is situated
at the mouth of a deep valley and has a splendid harbor. The people are thrifty and
prosperous and there are no insurgents here.
Major Evan M Johnson Jr. of the twenty-ninth Volunteer Infantry will be Governor and
Captain Albert S. Williams of the same regiment will be Treasurer of the new province.
September 21, 1919 Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Indiana
There, in 1900,and 1901, Lieutenant George L Byroade served in the campaigns against
the Moros in Marinduque and on-the island of Samar.
December 24,1927 Salt Lake Tribune, Utah
Sergeant Michael Kline of I Company, began his army career on August 2, 1900. He went
to the Philippine islands with D Company, First infantry, and participated in the operations
against the insurgents on the islands of Marinduque and Samar from October 1. 1900, to
April 27, 1902.