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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, . 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. Authors engraved compliments card laid in.
Contemporary ownership inscription of Robert
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 armys 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.