|Image credit: United States National Archives and Records Administration Digital Library
From the United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Digital Library, we get this rare photograph of the United States Army on the move somewhere in the Province of Batangas1. The photograph shows cavalry soldiers atop their horses moving along a street flanked by large houses.
Typically, little information accompanies the photograph, with just the brief caption “Troops Starting Out on the Road to Lipa from Batangas, Philippine Islands.” The creation of the photograph is attributed to the United States Army Signal Corps, a branch of the service charged which “creates and manages communications and information systems for the command and control of combined arms forces2.”
Initially, but since removed, the date range of the creation of the photograph was placed by NARA at 1900 to 1903. The likelihood is that the photograph was taken early in 1900, after the United States Army had taken control of the province.
On the 17th of January 1900, troops of the United States Army under the command of Brigadier General Theodores Schwann reached and captured what was then still the town of Batangas. It is highly possible that the picture above is related to this event.
A few days earlier, the United States Army’s 38th and 39th Infantry Regiments, under the commands of one Colonel Anderson and a Colonel Robert L. Bullard, head reached and captured the then-municipality of Lipa, at the time still held by Filipino revolutionary forces3.
After the Americans had captured and looted Lipa, they then proceeded on to Batangas Town, which they also subsequently captured without much difficulty.”
For related readings regarding these historical events, we recommend the following articles:
The Capture and Looting of Lipa by US Troops in 1900 during the Fil-Am War
The "Rescue" of Spanish Prisoners in Rosario, Batangas by American Soldiers in 1900
For a colorized photograph of Brigadier General Theodore Schwann with fellow United States Army Officers posing in front of what was then the Governor’s Palace in Batangas Town, click the link below:
The photograph at the top of this page is in the public domain and its usage has been categorized by NARA as “unrestricted.” For quicker Internet download, the photograph has been optimized to a resolution of 700 by 367 pixels and converted to grayscale mode.
For those who needed a higher resolution version for printing and other purposes, you may click this link to a Google Drive file.
2 “United States Army Signal Corps,” Wikipedia.
3 “The Experiences of a Colonel of the Infantry,” by Charles Judson, published 1923 in New York, United States of America.