In addition to two stunning panoramic photographs, which need to be digitized, we have a scrapbook documenting one man’s time at Camp Stewart during the Mexican Border Campaign.
The campaign, headed by Major General John J. Pershing, began on March 15, 1916 and ended on January 19, 1917. On orders from President Woodrow Wilson, Major General Pershing led an expeditionary force of 4800 men in pursuit of Pancho Villa, who had raided the town of Columbus, New Mexico. A series of battles between Pershing’s and Villa’s forces followed, none of them decisive. It was hoped that the expedition would capture Villa dead or alive and put a stop to any future forays by his paramilitary forces on American soil. While Villa was never captured, the campaign broke up and scattered his band of Villistas.
For more information on the collection, please see our finding aid: Texas Mexico Border Campaign at Camp Stewart photographs, 1916-1917.