Campaign at Lati Ward

By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry
Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas
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PIOrders were issued on December 2, 1911, by the commander of the Department of Mindanao to Brigadier General John J. Pershing, who was in charge of the field forces in Jolo, to send out five columns of troops against the hostile Moros in the district of Lati Ward. Pursuant to these orders Troops I, K, L, and M, under Major Steele, marched from Camp Taglibi on December 4. This column, along with a force under Captain Jackson, Third Infantry, encountered a band of Moros on this day and killed four of them.

Headquarters Jolo Field Forces
Augur Barracks, Jolo, P.I.
December 1st, 1911

The 3rd Squadron 2nd Cavalry (Major M. F. Steele, 2nd Cavalry, Commanding) fully armed and equipped for six days field service will leave Jolo at 7:00 a.m., December 2nd, 1911, and proceed to Siet Lake to camp.
Rations and packs will be sent on the Q.M.D. Launch. The dismounted men will accompany the luggage on the launch.
The horses of the Machine Gun Platoon, 2nd Cavalry, will be used by the 3rd Squadron.
At least 200 rounds rifle and twenty rounds revolver ammunition per man will be taken.
Major Steele will report to the Commanding Officer for instructions.

By order of Colonel WEST,
J. A. MARS, 1st Lieut., 11th Cavalry,

Augur Barracks, Jolo, P.I.
December 2nd, 1911.

The 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry, under command of Major M. F. Steele, 2nd Cavalry, left post at 7:00 a.m. this date, fully armed and equipped for field service, in compliance with Field Orders No. 5, Headquarters Jolo Field Forces, dated December 1st, 1911 (copy herewith), and marched to Siet Lake that night and left on the morning of December 3rd, for Taglibi, arriving at 11:30 a.m.

Hostile Moros were encountered and fired upon between Siet Lake and Taglibi.

(Signed) W. F. MARTIN
1st Lieut., 2nd Cavalry

Commanding Officer
Jolo Field Forces,
Augur Barracks, Jolo, P.I.

Detachment Jolo Field Forces,
Augur Barracks, Jolo, P.I.
December 5th, 1911.
Pursuant to Field Orders, Detachment Jolo Field Forces, Camp Taglibi, dated December 3rd, 1911, I marched yesterday from camp at Taglibi to Jolo in command of a detachment consisting of 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry, Companies H and K, 3rd Infantry, 45th Company, Phil. Scouts, and 1st Lanao Philippine Constabulary. My detachment marched in three columns as follows: 1st Column, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry, Major Steele, 2nd Column, Company H, 3rd Infantry, and 45th Company Philippine Scouts, Captain Jackson, 3rd Column, Company K, 3rd Infantry, 1st Lanao Co., P.C., Lieut. Herman. Major Helford, P.C., accompanied 3rd Column. The three columns left camp at Taglibi at 7:00 a.m. on three different trails. 1st Column reached Jolo at 2:10 p.m.; 2nd Column at 3:05 p.m.; 3rd Column at 3:55 p.m. The 2nd Column killed four armed Moros and captured one Remington rifle, 2 spears and one barong, and about 100 cartridges. The 3rd Column saw no armed Moros. The head of my column was about a mile from the 2nd Column, when it had its fight in rough country somewhere about two miles north of Tambang Market. Hearing the firing I hastened toward it. Somehow my two rear troops L and M lost connection and took a different trail rejoining me after about two hours. While separated from my column, these two troops, Lieut. Martin, commanding, killed one Moro, who charged it with spear and barong. Captain King, Governor Sulu District, who accompanied my column, took 1 spear and 1 barong away from a Moro.

The general route of the three columns was by way of Tambang Market. They covered considerable country and examined houses for armed men and arms. Houses in Taglibi country were all found deserted. Personally I did not see a live Moro in that region. My belief is that they have all gone to Mt. Lambago or into the wooded hills thereabouts.

Very Respectfully,
Major, 2nd Cavalry,
1st Lieut., 11th Cavalry,

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