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PHILIPPINE INSURRECTION POSTCARD SET – SUBJECTS FOCUSED ON THE PHILIPPINE CONSTABULARY AND THE BATTLE OF MT. DAJO, 1906:  This set of post card photographs, all obtained in one set from the same estate, are an interesting collection of images that appear to be focused on the Battle of Mt. (”Bud”) Dajo on Jojo Island in the Philippines. 

The battle, which occurred in March of 1906 at the end of the term of Governor General Leonard Wood, was one of the significant engagements with the Moro Insurgents during the Philippine Insurrection.  Some 790 men and officers, under the command of Colonel J.W. Duncan, assaulted the volcanic crater of Bud Dajo  which was occupied by 800 to 1000 Moro villagers, including women and children.  The position was considered to be one of the strongest held by the Moros during the insurrection, and although the battle was a victory for the American forces, it was also an unmitigated public relations disaster.  The crater was subjected to naval gunfire and field artillery, and the resulting casualty figures were somewhat lopsided with only six of the Moro coming out of the battle alive and estimates of the American casualties ranging from fifteen to twenty-one killed and some seventy-five wounded. 

The five post cards consist of views of a US Army officer mounted on horseback, a unit photograph of a company of Moro Constabulary enlisted men and their American officers, a view of Mt. Dajo, and a photograph of a young Moro girl identified by a legend on the image as the sole survivor of the Mt. Dajo fight.  The final photograph is a typical period tourist image titled “Philippine Prize Fight” depicting two midgets engaged in a boxing match.  The tall man refereeing the fight at first glance appears to be an American, but closer inspection reveals he is wearing a mask in order to appear to be an American and he may well be a Philippine citizen, and that the subject matter of this photograph may be intended to be political satire depicting the attempts of the US to referee the differences between the citizens of the Philippines. 

The photograph of the company of Moro, or Philippine Constabulary is quite clear and the detail of the uniforms and equipment, including their Mills cartridge belts and Krag rifles, is legible under magnification.   

The photograph of the mounted officer is particularly interesting.  He appears to be an American officer based on the uniform insignia and what appears to be a bullion hat cord.  He is wearing what looks to be a private purchase cartridge belt and the butt of his Model 1902 Colt Pistol is just visible over his right hip.  He is wearing the pistol butt to the rear, so his holster may well be a private purchase item.  He is  mounted on a McClellan Saddle which appears to be made of russet leather rather than black, and it is probably a First Pattern Model 1904 Saddle.  The stripes visible on the rear of his saddle blanket match the "one narrow, one wide" striping pattern on the Model 1908 Saddle Blanket, and if this is that blanket, it would suggest that pattern of blanket was available prior to 1908.  The horse moved his head when the photo was taken, resulting in a blur, but the bridle appears to be the M1902. 

The photographs are all in very nice condition and the image of the mounted officer is annotated on the reverse “Jalo, Jolo, Philippine Islands” suggesting it may have been taken at the time of the battle.   

This is an interesting set with a strong connection to the early involvement of the United States in the Philippine Islands.  (0783)  $40

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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