Introductory note in manuscript: 1st Lieutenant Charles D. Rhodes, 6th Cavalry, with his Troop C of that regiment reached Manila, P.I. from participation In the China Relief Expedition of the year 1900 – – November 20, After some delays, he debarked his men and baggage and took station at Pasay Barracks on the 22nd. He remained there during December and part of January, 1901, when this narrative begins, after orders had been issued, assigning him and his troop to station at Biñan , Laguna Province. about 22 miles south of Manila, on the shores of the inland sea of Laguna de Bay. The remainder of the 6th Cavalry, –less the troops that had been left in China, was split up to garrison a number of towns in Cavite and Laguna Provinces, with the headquarters of the Regiment at Santa Ana, near Manila.
Left Pasay Cavalry Barracks at 6:30 a.m., with Troop C, for Biñan, Province of Laguna, by way of Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Muntinlupa. Arrived at Biñan about 2:00 p.m., distance marched, 22 miles.
Rivers were high, and I had to swim the horses over a stream near Muntinlupa, but all made it in good shape.