Hernández, Miguel J.
June 2006
Military History;Jun2006, Vol. 23 Issue 4, p58
The article offers a historical account of the battle between the U.S. and the Moros of the Philippines in the early 1900s. The first engagement occurred at Bayang, during which the 27th U.S. Infantry Regiment and 25th Mountain Battery experienced the full-tilt charges of 1,200 kris-wielding Moros for the first time. The kris is a sharp double-edged, wavy-shaped steel blade about a foot long, the favorite weapon of the juramentado, Spanish for a Moro sworn by oath to wage war to the death against the Christian infidels. The Americans won at Bayang, and Major General Leonard Wood became the first governor of the Sulu province, with the unenviable task of enforcing the hated Cedula Act.


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