Today 75 years ago, Major General Edward P. King surrendered 76,000 American and Filipino troops on the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. This is far and away the largest capitulation in American military history.
Bataan’s fall is also rife with Civil War echoes.
I blogged about the relationship between Appomattox and Bataan here: http://emergingcivilwar.com/2015/04/09/civil-war-echoes-bataan/
Civil War lineage among some of Bataan’s defenders here: http://emergingcivilwar.com/2015/10/15/civil-war-echoes-philippine-scouts/
and General King’s Civil War ties (and resulting artifacts) here: http://emergingcivilwar.com/2015/05/28/saving-the-mclaws-silver/
Today please spare a thought for the Battling Bastards of Bataan, and recall their ties to the American Civil War.