The Poncho Villa Expedition was an unsuccessful military operation conducted by the U.S. Army against the paramilitary forces of Mexican revolutionary Francisco Pancho Villa from March 14, 1916 to February 7, 1917, during the Mexican Revolution. The expedition was launched in retaliation for Villa’s attack on the town of Columbus, New Mexico, and was the most remembered event of the Mexican Revolution (1910 – 1920). The U.S. Army post, where about 240 soldiers of the 13th Cavalry Regiment had been stationed was attacked. Ten civilians and eight soldiers were killed and two civilians and six soldiers were wounded. The raiders burned the town, stole horses and mules and seized machine guns, ammunition and merchandise before fleeing back to Mexico. Villa’s soldiers suffered considerable losses, but the active search for Villa ended after a month in the field when the head of the Constitutional faction of the revolution and now the head of the Mexican government resisted the U.S. incursion.
Offering a 4 pp, 6 x 9, ALS from Carl Hendee of the 13th Cavalry Regiment, writing from Samfordyce, Texas, June 24, 1918, to “Dear ones at home” and providing a detailed narrative about injuries he suffered resulting from a mule that “was a little crazy.” Samfordyce is a discontinued post office in Hidalgo County.
“This has been one of my bad days I guess am all crippled up. Was in charge of quarters and had to take some men over to water some of the supply troop mules. On the way back a bush knocked my hat off and the mule I had was a little crazy. I went to get on and landed on my stomach on his back and he started bucking and running about a mile a minute. I was all right that way but when I went to throw my right leg over he made one grand jump and I went clear over him. Stuck on the back of my head and rolled over 20 to 30 times. There are goose eggs and all kinds of eggs on my head. Also my right leg is out of order and lots of other bruises too numerous to mention. I caught him and we had a little understanding so are pretty good friends again now. We had pretty good eats today. Eggs, spuds, coffee and bread for breakfast, ice tea pork chops, raisin pie, bread, and corn for dinner, tea, potato salad, cold roast beef, and all the watermelon you could possibly eat. They would cut a slice about one inch thick and clear across the melon. Some would eat the center out and have a pile of rings left a foot high. You wouldn’t believe it possible but it is. I just sneaked back in a few minutes ago and the third cook brought on the pie that was left and also some more melon so if you hear some sad news you will know the cause. I have a pupil on the line now too a Lieut wife out of the R.M.C. dept. She wants to learn to ride. She is a pretty good rider already. You will find a little slip in this letter for you to keep and will also hear from the Gov. asking if you have it. [not present] It just wants to know the name and place where you are. Something to do with insurance. Rec’d a letter from Grandpa yesterday. Was pretty glad to get it...Carl Hendee, Troop H, 13th Calvary”
Letter is in excellent condition. Cover has been torn vertically at the right. Discontinued postmark of Samfordyce is quite visible with a small piece missing from the cover tear.
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