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Old West Vignette: Raid on Columbus, NM - March 9, 1916

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At approximately 4 am on March 9, 1916, Pancho Villa's revolutionary army attacked the small US town of Columbus, NM.

The reason isn't entirely clear, but it appears to have been inspired to instigate a direct war between the US and Mexico as well as to exact revenge on a local merchant, Sam Ravel.

90 minutes later the battle ended as a tactical and political loss for the Villistas as well as ultimately 18 dead Americans.

We discuss the fight in this video, along with some video and stills taken from the location itself and provide some historical insight into that fateful day.

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