Cuban experiences. To Cuba as a filibuster -- Cascorra, the first Cuban siege -- The fall of Guaimaro -- A defeat and a victory -- Philippine experiences. The making of a regiment -- Caloocan and its trenches -- Up the railroad to Malolos -- From Malolos to San Fernando -- San Fernando and the beginning of the guerilla war -- More of the guerilla war -- The capture of Emilo Aguinaldo -- Closing days
Though America did not join rebellious Cuban forces against the Spanish empire until 1898, Frederick Funston (1865-1917) was so moved by a speech by Gen. Daniel Sickles in 1896 that he went to Cuba as a filibuster in the battle for Cuban independence. When the United States finally went to war against Spain, he took command of a regiment, was sent to the Philippine-American War, and received the Medal of Honor for his daring and skill in crossing a river to turn the flank of the Philippine army at the Battle of Calumpit. Two years later, in 1901, he became a national hero for capturing Philippine president and lead insurgent Emilio Aguinaldo. In such roles, Funston was integral to the successful implementation of U.S. policy. This book is his first-hand account of his adventures in the Cuban Revolution and the Philippine-American war. He describes the guerrilla-style combat necessitated by the lack of weapons, the exotic scenery and vegetation of the islands, and the myriad characters-- Cuban, American, Spanish, and Philippine-- with whom he worked and fought.