Honor for the Flag: The Battle of Bud Dajo - 1906 & The Moro by Robert Fulton

By Robert Fulton

The conflict of Bud Dajo, which happened March 5-8, 1906, pitted the U.S. military. U.S. army, and the Philippine Constabulary opposed to 800-1,000 dissident Muslims holed up at the best of a rugged, 2,175 toes excessive dormant volcano at the island of Jolo within the southern Philippine Islands. starting as a real army contest, by some means it ended as a sad and bad, one-sided bloodbath, with out greater than a small and pitiful handful of the Muslims left alive. even if lesser recognized, it ranks beside such notorious names as “Sand Creek” (1864), Wounded Knee” (1890), and “My Lai” (1968)as being one of many darkest, bloodiest, and such a lot arguable episodes in America’s lengthy and stricken historical past of lethal encounters with indigenous peoples.
greater than only a elementary account of the stunning struggle at the mountain, it's also a narrative of a moment and both vicious donnybrook that came about in the international locations’ press and at the flooring of Congress to outline the narrative of what had really occurred on that distant box of conflict and why. At stake have been the careers of the nation’s most suitable soldier and a destiny President and leader Justice of the best court docket, in addition to the attractiveness a favored President, Theodore Roosevelt.
yet there's additionally a secret the following. the true tale of what occurred remained buried for an additional century. Why? If the true evidence had come to mild almost immediately after the conflict, would it not have mattered? may perhaps it have made an effect at the process American heritage? Is there a lesson that may be taken away the following, or at the least a cautionary tale?

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