Particulars of the Death of Private Gavigan in the Philippines

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In relation to the letter received by Mrs. Mary Doyle, 21 Heatley Place, announcing the death of Private Thomas Gavigan, the following complimentary letter has been received from his former captain:

Barotac Nuevo, Panay, P.I.

Mrs. Mary Doyle, Fall River, Mass., No. 21 Heatley avenue. Madam:

It is with a great deal of sorrow, I notify you of the death of Private Thomas Gavigan, Co. C, 26th Regiment, U.S.V. Infantry. At Dumangas Panay, P.I., June 7th, 1900, he received a gunshot wound in upper right arm and shoulder, June 16th, 1900, at 3:50 p.m., he died from surgical shock, following amputation at Brigade Hospital. I cannot speak too highly of his excellent character, and the manner in which he performed his duties. He will be greatly missed in his company. Dumangas was besieged by insurrectos for 36 hours. Volunteers were called for to go for re-inforcements. Gavigan was one of the first to offer his services. The detachment had not gone over 200 yards before Gavigan was shot. Since he has been here in the Philippines, he has taken part in the following affairs: Engagement at San Isidore, P.I., Nov. 10th, 1899. Reconnoisssance in force beyond Jaro, P.I., Nov. 18th, 1899. Engagement at Balantang, Nov. 21, 1899. Reconnoissance at Zurraga, Nov. 25, 1899. Reconnoissance at Dingley, Jan. 1st, 1900. Battle at Dumangas, June 6th, and 7th, 1900. Buried at Iloilo, P.I. Number of grave, 70.

Very respectfully

A. A. Barker

Captain 26th Regiment of Infantry, U.S.V.
Commanding Co. C