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Sale 38 Lot 1179

Gruesome photo, 9 3/4" x 7" sepia, an image of seven dead Mexicans laid out in a row for display on the grounds at Fort Huachuca, Arizona Territory. These men may have been bandits or border insurgents allied with Pancho Villa. On March 3, 1877, Capt. Samuel Marmaduke Whitside, accompanied by two companies of the 6th Cavalry, chose a site at the base of the Huachuca Mountains that offered sheltering hills and a perennial stream. After the surrender of Geronimo in 1886 and the Apache threat essentially extinguished, Fort Huachuca was still kept open because of its strategic border position. The base was home to the "Buffalo Soldiers" of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment for twenty years. It was used as a forward logistics and supply base during the Pancho Villa Expedition of 1916-1917. Very good.
Estimate $ 150-200

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