USBP History, Part 4
The attack at Columbus, NM was not a minor border
incursion by ragged peasants looking for food. The U.S. Army had
to do everything it could to save the small town of Columbus.
The army loosed more than 20,000 rounds at the Mexicans. During
those dark hours Captain Hamilton Brodie took charge of the town’s
defenses and sent Lieutenant Lucas and his men to the center of
the town to slow the carnage. For two hours Pancho Villa and his
gang looted, pillaged, dragged people into the streets and wantonly
At the end of the battle, eighteen Americans and
an unborn child were dead. Ninety Villistas were killed. While
only about 450 Villistas entered the town, nearly a thousand Villistas
participated in the attack.
U.S. Army Dead
U.S. Civilian Dead
Pfc. Thomas F. Butler
Sgt. Mark A. Dobbs
Pvt. Fred A. Griffin
Pvt. Frank T. Kinova
Sgt. John J. Nievergelt
Cpl. Paul Simon
Pvt. Jesse P. Taylor
Cpl. Harry P. Wiswell
James T. Dean
Dr. H.M. Hart
Mrs. Bessie James and her
Wm. T. Ritchie
The Villistas then murdered a helpless family
of five including three infants when they later assaulted a ranch
house and stole the family's horses. Nearly one thousand Villistas
then returned to Mexico.
Smoke plumes were seen for fifty miles and the
town's fires burned for several days.