Film, Video Battle of Mafeking Battle of Mafikeng

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  • Battle of Mafeking

Other Title

  • Battle of Mafikeng


  • "In the opening of this picture we see in the foreground a company of Highlanders preparing for a charge on the Boer entrenchments seen in the distance. Just in advance of the Highlanders, two pieces of artillery have just been placed in position, and these immediately open fire upon the enemy. After several volleys from the battery, the Highlanders charge. They only reach a point just in advance of the battery, when they are attacked on the flank by a troop of Boer Cavalry, who come on the scene riding like madmen. All the Artillerymen fall about their guns except one, who runs to join the Highlanders, but is brought to earth by a shot from one of the Cavalrymen. The Boers close with the Highlanders and a hand to hand fight is waged, in which the smoke becomes so thick that it is difficult to distinguish Boer from Briton. A Cavalryman is seen to fall mortally wounded from his horse, who walks off the field with an empty saddle. This is a very exciting picture. 75 feet"--Edison films catalog.


  • White, James H. (James Henry), production.
  • Mitchell, Mason, 1859-1930, production.
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1900.


  • -  Mafikeng (South Africa)--History--Siege, 1899-1900
  • -  South African War, 1899-1902
  • -  Battles--South Africa


  • Historical reenactments (Motion pictures)
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  D9117 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 28Apr1900; D9117.
  • -  Duration: 1:15 at 18 fps.
  • -  Filmed April 15-24, 1900, in the Orange Mountains, West Orange, New Jersey.
  • -  Edison motion pictures, 1890-1900, says the location of filming was the Orange Mountains, however, the location was probably Second Watchung Mountain, which, according to Wikipedia, is often erroneously referred to as Orange Mountain.
  • -  According to the Scottish Military Research Group WWW site, no Highland regiments were present during the siege of Mafikeng.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 1483) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 588-589; Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 25; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 29-30 [MI]; Wikipedia WWW site, viewed October 19, 2015; the Scottish Military Research Group weblog, "The Relief of Mafeking--On This Day in Scottish Military History-1900", posted May 17, 2011, viewed October 19, 2015.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (41 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 75 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (41 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 75 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 40 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 75 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 75 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 4497 (viewing print)
  • FEC 2308 (viewing print)
  • FRA 1563 (dupe neg pic)
  • FPE 7950 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRB 1288 (master pos pic)
  • Box 0013D (paper pos)
  • Box 5027F (paper pos, copy 2)


  • Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00694152

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Thomas A. Edison, Inc, Paper Print Collection, and Niver. Battle of Mafeking. produceds by White, James H. Uction, and Mitchell, Mason, Uction United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1900. Video.

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Thomas A. Edison, I., Paper Print Collection & Niver. (1900) Battle of Mafeking. White, J. H. U. & Mitchell, M., prods United States: Edison Manufacturing Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Thomas A. Edison, Inc, Paper Print Collection, and Niver. Battle of Mafeking. prod by White, James H. Uction, and Mitchell, Mason, Uction United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1900. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.