Capt. Edwin V. Bookmiller, West Point Class 1889 and commander of Company G of the 9th US Infantry at Basey,
commandeered a civilian coastal steamer from Tacloban, the SS Pittsburg, and with his
men steamed to Balangiga.
The town was deserted.
The dead of Company C lay where they fell, many bearing horrible hack wounds.
men burned the town to the ground.
General Jake "Howling" Smith and his staff inspecting the ruins of Balangiga in October 1901, a few weeks after the retaliation by Captain Bookmiller and his troops.