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indiohistorian:

Perhaps the oldest film of the Philippines you can find on youtube, this film was taken on March 23, 1900, filmed by American filmmaker Raymond Ackerman, right after the Battle of Mt. Arayat at Pampanga—one of the battles of the Philippine-American War. The film shows the U.S. Twenty-fifth Regiment, formerly led by Lt. William T. Schneck. They fought the Filipino forces who made Mt. Arayat their base. On January 6, 1900, Schneck wrote of an encounter with a Filipino soldier:

"When we got within forty or fifty feet of the top I saw one of the insurgents, and he seemed to locate me at the same time, and let drive, and the bullet went right over me. I yelled at one of the men on my right to kill the ‘hombre,’ and two of the scouts let drive and missed. Then I took a rifle away from one of the men and fired. The bullet struck a root in front of the insurgent and went through, missing him by not more than six inches. I thought I had him sure and crept up a little higher. Then he ran up and I ducked and he landed a bullet between me and Sergeant Lightfoot. A mighty close-shave—worse than the first. I got mad then and dragged out my pistol, handed back the rifle, and crept up on my stomach under a rock, and then raised up and fired a shot at him. This time I was not thirty feet away. My pistol missed fire the second time and I dropped back. The stone protected me and I lay there and looked around to see how many men there were with me. Martin was on my left and Lightfoot on my right with three other men—and that was all we had. So I knew we would have to get some more there or else we were all gone… Just then someone in the rear and then the whole outfit—about seventy men—turned loose. We poor devils on a hill were right in it then. Three bullets hit just below my feet, fired by my own men. The insurgent tried another shot at me, which went high—thanks be to God—and the rock. I curled up like a worm to make a small target for my men, and yelled like a stuck pig to cease firing." 

*Quoted by David Sibley, A War of Frontier and Empire: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902, p. 130.

Schneck died in an ambush by Filipino forces a few weeks later.