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Pingenot Auction, Lot 254

254. [PUNITIVE EXPEDITION]. CONVERSE, John W. Report of...Punitive Expedition into Mexico under the Command of General Frederick W. Funston, March 15th to April 19th, 1916. N.p.: Privately printed, [1916]. 29 pp., 9 photographic illustrations, 1 map. 8vo, original stiff white printed wrappers bound in three-quarter yellow cloth over brown cloth. Binding lightly soiled, otherwise very fine. Author’s engraved compliments card laid in. Contemporary ownership inscription of Robert McLean.
         First edition of a modern rarity on the borderlands. Pingenot: Exceedingly rare narrative written by a member of the Punitive Expedition against Pancho Villa published in a very small edition. Unknown bibliographically. The author, a sergeant with the First Troop, Philadelphia City Cavalry, a National Guard unit, was granted permission by the Adjutant General of the N.G. of Pennsylvania to accompany the expedition as an observer attached to the 13th Cavalry. Written as a journal, Sgt. Converse describes events as they unfold, including the army’s use of motorized vehicles, aeroplanes [sic], extracts of orders, actions taken by troop commanders, description of the country and inhabitants, etc. Pp. 21-29 contain notes detailing clothing, cooking, arms, drill, care of horses, marching, etc.