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The Last Cavalry Campaign - M 1911 45 Pistol Bullet

1916 U.S. Invasion of Mexico

The hunt for Pancho Villa

Dropped Ammunition

Discovered: Columbus, NM


After Pancho Villa's raid on Columbus, New Mexico during the Mexican Revolution, President Wilson sent the U.S. Cavalry and 10,000 troops, carrying the M 1911 Colt .45 and this ammunition to invade and hunt down Villa. This reassembled ammunition clip was part of the last campaign of mounted U.S. Cavalry.


- Pancho Villa

Francisco "Pancho" Villa was a general in the Mexican Revolution. He was a key figure in the revolutionary movement that forced out President Porfirio Díaz and brought Francisco I. Madero to power in 1911. When Madero was ousted by a coup led by General Victoriano Huerta in February 1913, he joined the anti-Huerta forces in the Constitutionalist Army led by Venustiano Carranza. After the defeat and exile of Huerta in July 1914, Villa broke with Carranza. Villa dominated the meeting of revolutionary generals that excluded Carranza and helped create a coalition government. Emiliano Zapata and Villa became formal allies in this period. Like Zapata, Villa was strongly in favor of land reform, but didn't implement it when he had power. At the height of his power and popularity in late 1914 and early 1915, the U.S. considered recognizing Villa as Mexico's legitimate authority.

The Last Cavalry Campaign - M 1911 45 Pistol Bullet

SKU: Last Cavalry Campaign .45 Bullet