1 Reply Latest reply on May 4, 2021 9:25 AM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking records of Americans who fought with Poncho Villa

    Earl J Hajic Newbie

      Are records available for Americans who volunteered to fight with Poncho Villa c. 1910?

        • Re: Seeking records of Americans who fought with Poncho Villa
          Rachael Salyer Pioneer

          Dear Mr. Hajic,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series General Correspondence, 1919-1924 in the Records of U.S. Army Continental Commands (Record Group 394) that relates to Camp Furlong in New Mexico, which was established during General John J. Pershing's campaign against Poncho Villa, and which may contain some information related to your research. These records have not been digitized. For access to and information about them, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov.

           

          You may also wish to review this overview of Camp Eagle Pass in Texas, which served as a troop center during the Mexican Punitive Expedition, and which is related to 12 series of records in the Catalog. Most of these records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives reference unit listed in each of the Catalog descriptions for assistance with those records.

           

          We also located a brief overview of the Punitive Expedition to Mexico that relates to descriptions of 37 series of records in the Catalog that you may wish to explore. Most of these records have not been digitized. You may contact the National Archives reference unit listed in each Catalog entry with questions about those records.

           

          Next, we located the series Indexes of Mexican Rebels and the series Records Related to the Santa Ysabel Cases in the Records of Boundary and Claims Commissions and Arbitrations (Record Group 76) that may be relevant to your research. These records have not been digitized. Please contact RDT2 with any questions you might have about these and similar records.

           

          In addition, we located 3 series of photographs and albums related to the Mexican Punitive Expedition in the Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (Record Group 165) that may also be of interest to you. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) at stillpix@nara.gov for assistance with these and similar records.

          You might also find some relevant information in the series U.S. Army File of the Mexican Border Service, 1916-1917 that includes records related to state militiamen and National Guard personnel who were federalized in 1916-1917 during the Mexican border crisis. Please contact the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) via email at stl.archives@nara.gov for additional information about these records.

           

          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2, RDSS, RL-SL, or other NARA reference unit. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

           

          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!