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Document for May 27th:
"Around the camp-fire, men of Company A, 16th Infantry, San Geronimo, Mexico, May 27th, 1916."


"Around the camp-fire, men of Company A, 16th Infantry, San Geronimo, Mexico, May 27th, 1916..."

"Around the camp-fire, men of Company A, 16th Infantry, San Geronimo, Mexico, May 27th, 1916. This photo was obtained by flashlight powder." Tucker C. Beckett, Photographer; C. Tucker Beckett's Photographs of "The Mexican Expedition, U.S. Army, 1916, 1914 - 1917; Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, 1860 - 1952; Record Group 165; National Archives.

The Mexican Punitive Expedition began in March of 1916, when General John J. Pershing led several thousand U.S. troops across the border into Mexico, following attacks on American citizens and property by the followers of Francisco (Pancho) Villa. Pershing's orders from the War Department were to pursue and disperse Villa and his band or bands. Taken on May 27, 1916 by Tucker Beckett, this night-time photo shows members of the 16th Infantry around a campfire.
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