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Punitive Expedition 100th Anniversary

February 12, 2017
30 Minutes
30 Minutes
Punitive Expedition 100th Anniversary
Buffalo Soldiers of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment who were taken prisoner during the Battle of Carrizal, Chihuahua, Mexico in 1916. This picture was taken upon their release.

30 Minutes features historian Dr. Michael Engs discussing the 100th year anniversary of Pershing’s Punitive Expedition into Mexico in 1916 and in particular the valor of the United States Buffalo Soldiers from the 10th Cavalry who were stationed in Fort Huachuca, Arizona from 1913 to 1933.

The expedition into Mexico to seek out Francisco Pancho Villa was in retaliation for Villa’s attack on the village of Columbus, New Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. Dr. Engs describes the first African American graduate of West Point Henry O. Flipper and the third African American Graduate of West Point Charles Young.

Michael is a retired educator who worked in the Pima Community College District for thirty-two years as an administrator, counselor and instructor. During his tenure he received numerous awards including Post-Secondary Counselor of the year in the state of Arizona and Administrator of the Year for Pima College.  He is currently teaching leadership development for Pima College and Northern Arizona University.  Michael has a Masters in Counseling and Guidance from William and Mary University and a PhD. in Educational Leadership from NAU.

Michael also worked as a historical interpreter for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation from 1964 – 1969 and brings a great deal of knowledge in interpreting history for the public.  Since 1983 he has been researching the history of African Americans in the Southwest and has lectured on the Buffalo soldiers.  As a member of TPT, Michael has written a number of successful grants and participates in the Living History program.

Recorded and produced by Amanda Shauger.


The crossed swords of the 10th Calvary.

Local Buffalo Soldier Historian Dr. Michael Engs and Trooper Charles Young of the Territory of Arizona Buffalo Soldiers.

10th Calvary,   30 Minutes,   African American History,   Arizona,   border,   Buffalo Soldiers,   Dr. Michael Engs,   Fort Huachuca,   General Pershing,   History,   KXCI,   Mexico,   Pancho Villa,   Tucson,  


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