Dimasalang, A hand written letter by S.S. Metcalf (I suspect Sarah) stated that the location of Leonard's grave is (the letter was dated May 26, 1916) at Cemeterio del Norte Section 136, lot 4 Grave number 5. This should make it easier to whom ever wants to snap pictures of our fallen hero's grave site. On some of the Metcalf's letters, she mentions that she took photos of the grave but it didn't turn out well as the sun reflected the writting off, she did say that there was a wood carving at the foot of the cross which she took pictures of and came out good. She stated that she sent the photos along with that letter and the negatives to CW Furlong. -Galahad
Galahad, been meaning to respond back but got bombarded at work this past week. Thanks for sharing all this and the photocopys...really appreciate it! Im doing some research on some of the folks that were mentioned that knew Furlong in the Philippines. Found this on one. www.arlingtoncemetery.net/edward-croft.htm Croft was a 1st Lt back during the early Phil-Am War.
This great stuff. The more stuff I find I'll send them your way.
This morning, I finally found the time to go to the Manila North Cemetery to look for Furlong's grave and am pleased to have found it.
After clearing the debris and dirt on Furlong's tombstone from last night's rains, I took the photos below.
From Vic Hurley's Jungle Patrol, on Furlong's last days --
"On detail as Senior Inspector of Lanao, Furlong demonstrated the old fighting genius that had made him one of the most powerful figures of the Constabulary. But his old vitality was gone, and he was gnawed by thoughts of his trial and the attendant publicity. Always a strange, sensitive figure, he broke at last under the strain of the years of jungle campaign. He was sent to Manila for observation and treatment, arriving there on June 21. 1911.On the evening prior to Furlong's death he dined with the officers at the mess, and during the meal gave no sign of depression. At nine o'clock in the evening of July 9 he passed two officers on his way to his quarters. A moment later a shot was heard; and when they entered his room, Furlong was found dying on the bed from a gunshot wound."
Why do we still have to refer to our Muslims brothers as" Moros" ? Don't you think it's very backward of us to even use that term? "Moro" is what the Spaniards used to call our Muslim brothers and it connotes savagery and barbarism as what our grandparents thought they were, because these were the impressions given to them by the "Kastilas". And it implies regionalism and prejudice against our Muslim brothers. I think they were called "moros" by the Spaniards because that's what they use to call Muslim invaders of the southern Iberian peninsula of Spain - the Moors people. The moors brought culture, art, science, astronomy, medicine to that region of Spain, so it is very far from the image that these colonizers gave the muslim people of our country way back then. They have to label them as moros , because simply they can't colonize them and make them follow the " bajo complase" doctrine. They have to sow hatred between the Christians and the Muslim because they saw they can never conquer our Muslim brothers. I think the word "Moro"is just too archaic to be still used by now. As we look back and study history I think we also have the obligation to our next generation to start correcting the previous mistakes we have done. This is just my personal thoughts. Have a great day.
Post by archivist on Sept 18, 2010 15:44:34 GMT -5
We have some information about Lt./Capt. Leonard Furlong at the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. Lots of original photographs and some genealogy. I don't have time to list it all here, but you can contact me if interested.
Notice how nice, clean and simple Furlong's gravestone is, as well as the rest of this graveyard. It probably looked much like this almost 100 years ago. Being located at manila's north cemetery, that is extremely exceptional.
This redicscovery of his grave is just in time. We should have a "Philippine Constabulary" wreath laying ceremony there on July. 9 2011 complete with period 1902-1911 PC reenactor honor guards and a bugler to play taps in honor of the legendary Lt./Capt. Furlong.
HURRAH FOR THE KHAKI AND RED!
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Post by galahad143 on Sept 26, 2010 18:16:29 GMT -5
Migueldiaz: Great photos of Capt. Furlong's grave site. I have letters and his bio which I recovered from the University of Oregon, his bio report ended with a paragraph that states: "His ancestors on both his mother's and father's side had serve with honor and distinction in previous wars, on both land and sea and he upheld with distinction and ability the noblise oblige of both his Furlong and Wellington ancestors as epitomized in their respective motto, "Liberalitas" and "Fortes Fortuna Juvat". ("of Princely virtue (from the days of imperial Rome)" and "fortune favors the brave").
Rayadillo: A wreath laying ceremony would indeed be a great honor for a great hero of both the Philippines and the United States. I would love to participate as I am myself a descendant of a Philippine Constabulary officer, but unfortunately I am in the US.
Archivist; please post some photos here or you can email me the photos and I will post them. I have a yahoo email.
Enierlc: Moro indeed came from the word Moors which was short for Moroccans, Moros were used to describe any Muslim during the crusade wars. The religious war in Mindanao is the only remaining battle zone from the crusade wars (the Spaniards fought the Moros in Europe, Africa and Asia but the fight never ended in Mindanao since the Spaniards arrived). Muslims of Mindanao started to call themselves Moro and even named their aspired country as Bangsa Moro (the Moro Nation). I guess it is to distinguish themselves from Filipinos. Separatist Muslims of Mindanao never considered themselves Filipinos, they were never conquered.
Post by pershinghegreat on Oct 27, 2010 8:08:35 GMT -5
hi.. if you are interested to obtain more details about Captain Leonard Furlong and the Moros, you should try to Moroland by Robert Fulton or check hi website.. www.morolandhistory.com. I will try to gather more information about him and maybe if I have time would make a pilgrimage to his grave. If you have any information or documents about him, pls email me. thanks!!
Pershingthegreat: I do have that book and have been on that site. I think I posted that site somewhere in this website. It is indeed very informative. I also read the "Swish of the Kris" but not the Jungle Patrol, I checked Amazon.com, it was very expensive. More information on Furlong is available there. I gathered more letters regarding Furlong from some of his former comrades, years after his death. Unfortunately, my source requested that I not reproduce the letters. I hope archivist would post some photos on here.
In doing research on Leonard Furlong I came across your conversations about him. It might interest you to know that I am working with family members of Vic Hurley to assist in the reissue his books, including Swish of the Kris and Jungle Patrol which have recently been published. But we have discovered in his archives an unpublished biography that he wrote (in consultation with Charles Wellington Furlong) on Leonard Furlong. Since this year is the centenary of Leonard Furlong's death - actually 100 hundred years ago, just two days ago, July 9th, 1911 - we are trying to get the biography published before the end of the year. The manuscript has a lot of interesting details drawn from reports of the time, and sheds considerable light on the circumstances that lead to taking his own life.
Hi, any information about Lt. Oscar Preuss would be greatly appreciated by his family that he left behind in the Phil, which was never mentioned in any book of the Phil cconstabulary.. thank you very much