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NOVEMBER 20, 1899

Villa, after breakfasting in Baoang with General Tinio, started alone for San Fernando de la Union, traveling the main road, which passes along the coast at a distance of half a kilometer from the sea. He did not see an American vessel that was lying off the shore until it fired several cannon shots at him. The shooting continued, the Americans perhaps believing that Villa was a general or colonel because he was on horseback. For fear he would be wounded he dismounted, left his horse, and got in the midst of the “cogon” patches. (“Cogon,” a high weed or grass, J. C. H.) On foot he slowly made his way to San Fernando, where he met General Tinio at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. The two, being utterly worn out through hunger and fatigue, went to sleep. About 3 o’clock they suddenly awoke, startled by the firing of guns inside the town itself. As it kept up, they went out into the streets to see what it was. Great was their astonishment on finding that the American cavalry was passing and firing on the town. Tinio and Villa escaped by running away immediately; but they had the misfortune to be seen by the enemy, who pursued them. They went up into the mountains and hid.

It was 4 o’clock in the afternoon. They continued the march to San Juan, arriving there at 6 p.m. The soles of Villa’s feet were bleeding on account of his being without shoes. Villa left General Tinio at San Juan, and, without stopping, marched on to Bagnotan [Bacnotan]. On arriving there he ate supper, and then continued his journey on to Namagpacan, which he reached at 3 o’clock in the morning.