The General and the Jaguar: Pershing's Hunt for Pancho Villa: A True Story of Revolution and Revenge

The General and the Jaguar: Pershing's Hunt for Pancho Villa: A True Story of Revolution and Revenge

by Eileen Welsome
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803222246

ISBN-13: 9780803222243

Pub. Date: 11/28/2007

Publisher: UNP - Bison Books


On the cold, dark night of March 9, 1916, Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa—el jaguar—and his band of marauders crossed the border and raided the tiny town of Columbus, New Mexico. It was a vicious surprise attack, ending with corpses piled in the streets and psychological wounds that would last a lifetime. Suspects were rounded up, trials were

Overview


On the cold, dark night of March 9, 1916, Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa—el jaguar—and his band of marauders crossed the border and raided the tiny town of Columbus, New Mexico. It was a vicious surprise attack, ending with corpses piled in the streets and psychological wounds that would last a lifetime. Suspects were rounded up, trials were held, and a virulent backlash against persons of Mexican origin erupted. General John “Black Jack” Pershing was told to assemble a small army, head into Mexico, and get Villa, dead or alive. The last hurrah for the U.S. cavalry, the “Punitive Expedition” marked America’s first use of armored tanks, airplanes, and trucks against an enemy. One of the deputies Pershing would choose was a recent West Point graduate named George Patton.
The expedition brought the United States and Mexico to the brink of war, but it also restored greatness to both prey and predator. More than a classic account of the war for control of the West, The General and the Jaguar is a brilliant chronicle of obsession and revenge and a dual portrait of John Pershing and Pancho Villa, two of the greatest military minds of all time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803222243
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,255,212
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Prologue     1
The Attack
A Microbe Challenges an Elephant     13
A Diverting Brute     31
Veracruz     42
Downhill     49
Tell President Wilson to Save You     62
Only One Chance to Die     71
Rumors, Warnings, and Telegrams     81
Villa Is Coming Tonight, for Sure     97
The Fiddler Plays     108
Very Unnatural Deaths     136
The Hunt
To the End of the Furrow     155
Sunburn, Frostbite, and Blisters     173
Pershing's Indigestion     197
No One to Seek For     225
Revenge and Revival
Gasoline Baths and Confessions     237
Jerked to Jesus     249
A Ripe Pear     260
A Terrible Blunder     270
Whore Dust and a Rabid Dog     287
An Old Colonel     299
A Reborn Town     304
Victims or Bandits?     311
Death Comes for the Horsemen     318
Acknowledgments     336
Casualties of the Columbus Raid     338
Chronology     340
Notes     341
Selected Bibliography     387
Index     394

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