Friday Find – Mexican Border, 1916


This week for our Friday Find, our intrepid digital imaging technician Maritza Pagan has picked out a few of her favorites from the collection she working on.

Maritza has been busy at work scanning the Dudley Photograph Collection of Hartford during World War I, 1917-1919 (PG 034). Within this collection is a group of about 240 negatives of Connecticut troops at the Mexican Border. These images are a hidden gem as they have rarely if ever been looked at. They contain images of the long term to the border and the daily life of the soldiers. A few negatives contain captions, but most are of unidentified people and places.

The Mexican Punitive Expedition as it is called was the U.S. response to a raid on Columbus, New Mexico by Pancho Villa and his irregulars on March 9, 1916.  In June 1916, President Wilson called for 110,000 National Guard troops to be deployed to the border. Over 3500 Connecticut soldiers were mobilized at Camp Niantic and shipped out to Nogales, Arizona where they would spend the next seven months. While Connecticut troops did not take part in any excursions to Mexico, the expedition was considered a valuable training experience for the European front.

To learn more about this expedition check out The United States Armed Forces and the Mexican Punitive Expedition by Mitchell Yockleson from Prologue Magazine.

On to some of Maritza’s favorites…Mexican Punitive Expedition; Connecticut National Guard Mexican Punitive Expedition; Connecticut National Guard Mexican Punitive Expedition; Connecticut National Guard Mexican Punitive Expedition; Connecticut National Guard

To see more images from this collection see the Mexican Punitive Expedition gallery.


3 thoughts on “Friday Find – Mexican Border, 1916

  • Mike Blake

    ‘To see more images from this collection see the Mexican Punitive Expedition gallery.’

    I tried- doesn’t seem to work?

    • Lara Day

      Hi there, thank you for your comment. Sorry about that! The link was old and has now been updated.
      You can view the other images from the Mexican Punitive Expedition here and see other images from the Dudley collection under our digital collections page.

  • Jeffrey Peterson

    My Grandfather serves in the Ct National Guard in 1917 and may have been involved in the Mexican Border War. Charles E Hackbarth, Meriden CT

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