El Paso, Tx. Medley & Shulman, 1916. Panoramic photograph, 10 x 51 1/2 inches. Minor edge wear, a few tiny closed edge tears. Overall very good. Tightly rolled. Item #WRCAM54699
A well-composed panoramic image of Camp Stewart taken during the Texas-Mexico border war. Camp Stewart was established near El Paso, Tx. in 1916, specifically to defend the Texas border against ensuing attacks from the Mexican Revolutionary general, Pancho Villa. This activity was part of the Mexican Border Campaign, or Pershing's Punitive Expedition, an effort by President Woodrow Wilson to pursue and capture or kill Pancho Villa, and to halt Villa's paramilitary actions on American soil. Major General John Pershing was tasked by Wilson to find Villa, and disrupt his forces. Over the course of nine months, Pershing's men pursued Villa, skirmishing with the Mexican revolutionaries, but they never succeeded in capturing Villa himself. The image shows a vast array of tents and temporary buildings, along with men on both horseback and foot, arrayed in the desert not far from a mountainous backdrop. The photographers, Medley & Shulman were locals and produced the photograph in El Paso.