* * * * I once read about this " Insurecto Captain " in a Filipinas Magazine published here in the United States. The article's writer suggested that Emilio Aguinaldo promoted this ex - Bufallo Soldier to a General. In the article that I read the American Soldiers never captured this black deserter. He was rumored to take an Aeta wife, have a family and joined the eta clan in the mountain to elude capture.
* * * * The Black 24th Infantry Regiment in Manila.
One of the Black deserters, Private David Fagen of the 24th Infantry, born in Tampa, Florida in 1875, became notorious as "Insurecto Captain". On Nov. 17, 1899, Fagen, assisted by a Filipino officer who had a horse waiting for him near the company barracks, slipped into the jungle and headed for the Filipinos' sanctuary at Mount Arayat. The New York Times described him as a “cunning and highly skilled guerilla officer who harassed and evaded large conventional American units.” From August 30, 1900 to January 17, 1901, he battled eight times with American troops.
Brig. Gen. Frederick Funston put a $600 price on Fagen's head and passed word the deserter was "entitled to the same treatment as a mad dog." Posters of him in Tagalog and Spanish appeared in every Nueva Ecija town, but he continued to elude capture.
On Dec. 5, 1901, Anastacio Bartolome, a Tagalog hunter, delivered to American authorities the severed head of a “negro” he claimed to be Fagen. While traveling with his hunting party, Bartolome reported that he had spied upon Fagen and his Filipina wife accompanied by a group of indigenous people called Aetas bathing in a river.
Post by insurrectomad on Sept 7, 2012 10:19:51 GMT -5
There were a number of black deserters from the American forces that joined the Filipinos. There were also a larger number of white men who deserted to the Filipino side including 2 British and at least 3 japanese volunteers who were not from the forces. None to my knowledge gained any rank above that of captain. Aguinaldo did have two Filipino female generals under his command who both distinguished themselves in glory and battle honours.