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Nevertheless, it was also felt by most African Americans that a good military showing by Black troops in the Philippines would reflect favorably and enhance their cause in the US. The Americans -- from the 33rd Infantry Regiment USV, and the 3rd US Cavalry Regiment -- also employed Gatling guns and prevailed mainly because their locations were concealed by their use of smokeless gunpowder so that Filipino aim was wide off the mark.
The sentiments of most Black soldiers in the Philippines would be summed up by Commissary Sergeant Middleton W. It was believed that General Manuel Tinio, and his officers Capt. Francisco Celedonio were present at this encounter but got away unscathed.
Whether it is right to reduce these people to submission is not a question for soldiers to decide. 2, 1899, at Tirad Pass, southeast of Candon, llocos Sur. Bimmuaya diverted and delayed US troops from their chase of President Emilio Aguinaldo as the latter escaped through Abra and the mountain provinces. His expeditionary force was composed of the 43rd and 47th Volunteer Infantry Regiments, and Battery G , 3rd Artillery.
The article at right, included in this issue although datelined Aug.
18, 1899, describes the movements of the 24th Infantry Regiment while campaigning in the Philippines.
One soldier related a conversation with a young Filipino boy: Why does the American Negro come to fight us where we are a friend to him and have not done anything to him. Why dont you fight those people in America who burn Negroes, that make a beast of you?
Another Black soldier, when asked by a white trooper why he had come to the Philippines, replied sarcastically: Why doan know, but I ruther reckon were sent over here to take up de white mans burden.