Message #169:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Yankee and Mexican Dogs.....
Date: Sat, 25 May 1996 14:08:50 -0701 (MST)
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From: Elliott West H-West list
From: Richard Lowe 


MILITARY HISTORY OF THE WEST vol. 26 (Spring 1996)
Abstracts and key words

Pilcher, Jeffrey M.  "Pancho Villa Rides into Mexican Legend; Or, The
Cavalry Myth and Military Tactics in the Mexican Revolution," pp. 1-22.
ABSTRACT:  Cavalry of the Mexican Revolution of 1910 actually fought as
mounted infantry.  This challenges the standard interpretation that
Francisco "Pancho" Villa lost the decisive battle of Celaya because his
Division of the North charged vainly on horseback against the machine guns
of Alvaro Obregon's modern army. KEY WORDS:  Mexican Revolution; Franciso
"Pancho" Villa; Alvaro Obregon; cavalry tactics

Matthews, James T.  "A Time for Desperate Valor:  The Confederate Attack on
Fort Butler, Louisiana, 1863," pp. 23-34. ABSTRACT:  Near the end of June
1863, Confederate forces under Major General Richard Taylor attempted to
divert Union troops from the siege of Vicksburg by launching an offensive in
southern Louisiana.  As part of   the Confederate effort, General Thomas
Green's Texas cavalry attacked Fort Butler, a Union earthwork near
Donaldsonville, on the night of 27 June.  In a desperate assault that proved
ill-advised, Green's force lost   nearly half their number and failed to
capture the fort. KEY WORDS:  Civil War; Fort Butler; Confederate cavalry;
Thomas Green; James Major

Murphy, Douglas A.  "Dogs of Destiny, Hounds from Hell:  American Soldiers
and Canines in the Mexican War," pp. 35-48. ABSTRACT:  Unheralded,
uncounted, and often unnoticed, man's best friend joined United States
soldiers in the Mexican War.  Descriptions of these dogs, their wartime
roles, and their behavior reveal the depths of the soldier's belief in a
"Yankee" destiny.  Discussions of Mexican dogs provide similar insights into
preconceptions and prejudices that soldiers directed toward their foes. KEY
WORDS:  Mexican War (1846-1848); dogs; U.S. soldiers; Manifest Destiny

Blyth, Lance R.  "The Catalonian Volunteers on the Northwest Coast,
1790-1793:  An Example of the Spanish Defensive System in North America,"
pp. 49-65. ABSTRACT:  Relatively little is known about the Spanish defensive
system in eighteenth-century North America -- especially the Spanish
defensive expansion up the western coast of North America, culminating in
the occupation of Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island.  The actions and
activities of the garrison force at Nootka, the Catalonian Volunteers, are
illustrative of the Spanish system.  A limited strategy led to limited
operations with limited tactics.  This aspect of Spain's military   system
has often been overlooked or misunderstood. KEY WORDS:  New Spain; Spanish
Navy; Catalonian Volunteers: Nootka Sound; Vancouver Island

Submitted by Richard Lowe, Editor, MILITARY HISTORY OF THE WEST