Battle of Taraca
|Battle of Taraca|
|Part of Philippine-American War|
|United States||Moro people|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Casualties and losses|
|2 Killed in action
8 Wounded in action:120
The Battle of Taraca was fought in what is now Taraka, Lanao del Sur in the Philippines between the Moro people of Mindanao and the United States during the Philippine-American War.:113 General Leonard Wood invited the region's datus to a peace conference, but the Sultan of Taraca, refused to attend. The Taraca River Valley was where most of the Lake Lanao Moros lived,:113 the home also of Datu Ampuanagus
Wood sent twoinfantry battalions and two cavalry troops to the mouth of the Taraca River.:114 Col. Marion P. Maus' Third Battalion of the 22nd Infantry held the mouth of the river while Wood led a column oveland. Maus' men used a Vickers-Maxim machine gun and a Gatling gun to capture a few cottas, inflicting 65 casualties on the Moros.:115 Over the next week, Wood's men destroyed 130 cottas but failed to capture the Sultan.:120
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