Skip to main content

Get Started


  • Share


The Mexican Punitive Expedition lasted just less than one year, beginning on March 16, 1916, and concluding on February 14, 1917. Despite its short time frame, the expedition was important for several reasons. First, it was a key moment in U.S.-Mexico relations. Although the U.S. military was pursuing Pancho Villa, an enemy of the Mexican government led by Venustiano Carranza, the Carranza government and the Mexican people resented the U.S. presence in Mexico. Mexican military forces actually fought against U.S. forces, despite the fact that both were tracking the same enemy. Second, the logistical challenges presented by the expedition, as well as the experience gaine d by the expedition_s commander, Brigadier General John _Black Jack_ Pershing, in many ways helped to prepare the United States for the fighting in Europe during World War I. The collection includes correspondence sent to Pershing as well as letters written by Pershing. The focus of this collection is on the logistical and administrative details concerning the expedition and personnel matters, as well as skirmishes between Villistas and U.S. forces. This expedition represented the first time that the U.S. Army used trucks to move men, equipment, and supplies. The correspondence indicates the challenges involved in moving field artillery and other supplies by truck through the rugged terrain between the U.S.-Mexico border and Dublan. Regarding personnel matters, topics covered include desertions, promotions, furloughs, transfers, leaves of absence, and discipline, including courts-martial.

Support & Training

ProQuest offers best-in-class customer service, technical support, and training so you can hit the ground running with your ProQuest products and leverage everything they can do.

Access Support Center

Microfilm Collection Guide

Related Products


A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century

Eight-volume English edition reprinted in two volumes; two very scarce volumes of the German edition, which were not translated into English, reprinted in a separately available third volume.

Learn More


A Concordance to the Poems of Dylan Thomas

Romantic. Affirmative. Rhetorical. The poetry of Dylan Thomas urged readers to ponder life as they never had before. Researchers now have access to a concordance and word list keyed to the 1978 printing of Dylan Thomas: The Poems, edited by Daniel Jones.

Learn More


A People at War

Letters, diaries, memoirs, and other personal papers from the Civil War holdings of the Library of Congress. Edited by John R. Sellers.

Learn More


Why the University of New England Changed Its Ebook Acquisition Strategy

The private institution used a combination of demand-driven acquisition models to increase usage, reduce cost per use and build an ebook collection tailored to its unique community.

Learn More

Introducing ProQuest Rialto

Modernizing selection and acquisition so librarians can buy what they need and use what they buy.

Learn More