Item #19009 Mexican Border War Large Photo Archive in Texas, New Mexico, and Across the Border, Including Images of US Troops in Pursuit of Pancho Villa in 1914-1916. Photography Mexican Border War.
Mexican Border War Large Photo Archive in Texas, New Mexico, and Across the Border, Including Images of US Troops in Pursuit of Pancho Villa in 1914-1916

Mexican Border War Large Photo Archive in Texas, New Mexico, and Across the Border, Including Images of US Troops in Pursuit of Pancho Villa in 1914-1916

Photo Archive

Archive of photos and real photo postcards of American troops at the Mexican Border during the war between the revolutionary Mexican government and the U.S., primarily during the 1910s.Archive of 58 photos ranging from 2" x 3" to 8" x 10". Black and white photos, many sepia toned. Many are real photo postcards as was the fation at the time, 17 with writing on verso, many of which are notes home by soldiers. Others captioned with names or brief descriptions. Places pictured include El Paso, Texas, Las Cruce, New Mexico, Camp Macarthur, and a plethora of informal camps and military installations along the border region. In this large archive of 58 photos, we have many photos with corresponding letters of troops writing of going on hikes deeper into the borderlands rugged interior. Some of these military maneuvers were done on horseback, but as the images show infantry units often trekked it on foot. Several photos of soldiers handling their weapons, including a Lewis gun in one photo, the premier light machine gun of the time. Most photos of troop movements are located on the American side in Texas and New Mexico, but we see severa on Mexican soil. The theater of the Mexican Border War was not just the border however, as we see one shot of the Sixth Texas Infantry getting ready for the action they might face in Veracruz. In 1914, after the Mexican government detained nine American troops for trespassing, the Navy blockaded and eventually occupied Veracruz. This occupation would face local resistance and Veracruz would be wracked by chaotic street fighting while the Navy bombarded the city from offshore. The height of the Border War came in 1916 when revolutionary Pancho Villa attacked the American border town of Columbus, New Mexico. In response, the United States Army, under the direction of General John J. Pershing, launched a "Punitive expedition" into northern Mexico, to find and capture Villa. In one 1916 photo, we see an American soldier Herman Fehrman who has captioned this photo of himself with the word "Chasing Villa." Villa had attacked the American border town of Columbus, New Mexico, which was not far from where many of the shots in this archive were taken. One other real photo postcard shows a skirmish between Mexican and American forces, with a heavy artillery company taking fire and dishing it out in a dusty border plain. This postcard was sent to a soldier's significant other, and he seems to have chosen the photo as "this will give you some idea of actual warfare." Also includes two press photos, one depicting Pancho Villa and several of his key generals, and the other, an 8" x 10" silver gelatin shot shows Mexican Federales surrendering to U.S. authorities in El Paso in 1929, in the Escobar Rebellion. Most photos and realphoto postcards clean and crisp with minor wear, some writing on verso is faded, but the archive is overall in very good condition.

Item #19009

Price: $2,400.00