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their own weaknesses, all to make the North American frontier
safe for civilian expansion. In the old Fort Clark Cemetery an
inscription on the grave of Private Peter Corrigan, who died
May 23, 1873, at the hands of the Kickapoo Indians, sums it up:
O pray for the soldier, you kindhearted stranger;
He has roamed the prairie for many a year;
He has kept the Comanche away from your ranches--
And followed them far over the Texas frontier.
University of Texas Press JOHN E. WEEMS
Pershing's Mission in Mexico. By Haldeen Braddy. El Paso
(Texas Western Press), 1966. Pp. xvii+82. $5.00.
Haldeen Braddy, a professor of English at the University of
Texas at El Paso, has demonstrated historical interest in Pancho
Villa, for a number of years. Mexicanists familiar with his semi-
popular biography of Villa, Cock of the Walk, will appreciate
that the work presently under review represents a much more
sophisticated and successful attempt at historical reconstruction.
Without losing his flair for capturing the dramatic, Professor
Braddy in Pershing's Mission in Mexico has worked skillfully
with some documentary sources, published memoirs, and per-
tinent secondary material to provide a reasonably detailed ac-
count of the epic chase of 1916-1917. This work should be con-
sidered a companion study to the author's "Pancho Villa at
Columbus," Southwestern Studies, III (Spring, 1965). It is re-
grettable that the two short monographs did not appear between
the same covers.
Braddy follows the expedition through Chihuahua and cat-
alogs all of the major skirmishes and engagements with both
Villistas and Carranzistas from March, 1916, when it entered
Mexico to February, 1917, when it returned to Columbus, New
Mexico. Short sidelights on the horses and saddles, camp life,
and the first use of aircraft as a military arm, greatly enhance
the interest of the work.
This treatment of the expedition by no means should be con-
sidered exhaustive, however. Primary source material was lim-
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101199/. Accessed August 31, 2014.