We all know who was Gen. del Pilar and how he defended Tirad Pass, but do we really know what happened to his mortal remains after he was killed?
American Press Release mentioned that he was so admired by his American adversaries that they gave him a hero's burial at Tirad Pass. I believe this was also echoed by Zaide. Oral History though is way different. But before we get to it, allow me to share what I read somewhere else. In it, it was said that after he was killed and identified by the Americans, they started pulling on the buttons and other accessories of his white uniform including the general's belt and boots. They buried him alright but not after his mortal remains started to smell. There were no military honors, just a poncho wrap and a hastily dug grave with no markings.
Oral History says he was killed after the last of his men ran away from the fight despite his command for them to stand their ground. This was after a second pass was revealed to the Americans by an Igorot which allowed them to attack Gen. del Pilar's defense line from the rear. Anyway after he was killed, the Americans treated his body as a war booty and started picking souvenirs from his white uniform. They left his body where he fell. After stray dogs began feasting on his fast decaying body, local folks dug a shallow grave and buried what remained of his mortal remains.
What about you guys, what have you read?