75 years ago today, Douglas MacArthur ordered the evacuation of Manila. Over the next week, a massive movement of personnel and supplies occurred from the Philippine capital to Bataan and Corregidor. Japanese forces entered Manila on January 2, 1942.
There are Civil War stories tied to these events, which I have recounted before:
I blogged about Manila’s evacuation and the Fall of Richmond here.
Here is the story of how Lafayette McLaws’ son-in-law hid the family silver from the Japanese.
This post mentions Civil War artifacts and papers that were left behind and destroyed in Manila during World War II.
For anyone interested in learning more about the 1941-42 Philippine Campaign, my book Last Stand on Bataan is available here.