1066 William the Conqueror, the duke of Normandy, invades England. The Saxon forces, haveing recently fought Harald Haadraada at Stamford Bridge, were located a considerable distance to the north.
1769 Captain Rafael Martínez Pacheco post as commander of San Agustín de Ahumada Presidio. Attribution: On This Day.
1891 Paul Ranous Greever born in Lansing Kansas. He was a graduate of the University of Kansas law school and came to Wyoming after serving as an officer in World War One. He was Wyoming's Congressman from 1935 to 1939.
1901 At Balangiga on Samar Island, Philippine villagers surprised a the US military Company C, 9th Infantry Regiment. Church bells, allegedly used to signal the attack, were taken by the Americans as prizes. Thirty-eight of Seventy-four US soldiers were killed and all the rest but six were wounded. Philippine casualties were estimated at 50-250. The bells were installed at Ft. D. A. Russell Wyoming upon the 9th Infantry's return, where they remain today on the now F. E. Warren AFB. The Philippines still seek their return, and the presence of the bells remains an ongoing controversy. A few years ago a member of the Wyoming Veterans Commission lost his seat by stating that he supported their return. The Philiipinno representatives maintain that the bells in some cases reflect that they were taken from churches other than those near the battle.
1909 Sheridan accepted plans for a new town hall. Attribution: Wyoming State Historical Society.
1916 Two battalions of the Wyoming National Guard left for the Mexican border. Attribution: On This Day.
The Punitive Expedition: Addtional Wyoming National Guard units leave for the border, maybe. September 28, 1916.
New York (not Wyoming) Guardsmen entraining, June 1916. Similar scenes, however, would have taken place near Cheyenne. These troops, by the way, have a real mix of gear, as photos of Wyoming's troops do as well, as more modern canteens hadn't caught up with them yet and they were still using bedrolls, frontier campaign style, rather than backpacks. In terms of the scene, we see Guardsmen caught in the moment between the style of Frontier campaigning and modern warfar.
When I originally posted this item it read:
Two additional battalions of the Wyoming National Guard depart for the Mexican border.This might be right, but frankly what I think is may be the case is that the historians who suggest this have the departure dates confused. But maybe not.
These units had been under orders since June.
It's possible that the entraining took place on the 27th and 28th, but it seems possible that it took place all late in the night of the 27th. Still, the "two additional" battalions items does raise some questions and its not impossible that the Guard entrained over two days.
Raising more questions, 642 Wyoming National Guardsmen were mobilized in the Punitive Expedition. The first newspaper reports on their departure only indicated that a little under 150 left on the night of the 27th. Assuming that's correct, the bulk of the men were still encamped near Cheyenne. And if that's right, and it may well be, that means that is perfectly possible that more left over the next two days on additional trains, or at least that more left on a separate train on the 28th.
If you know, let us know.
The Wyoming Tribune for September 28, 1916: Guard leaves on 26 trailroad cars, revolt in Greece, and we're a sick soft nation in 1916, apparently
In today's edition of the Cheyenne State Leader we learn that the Wyoming Guard departed the prior night, after an apparently long day of delays.
The bottom entry, I'd note, reminds us to be careful out there.
1930 Union Pacific towns Cumberland No. 1 and No. 2 dismantled. Attribution: Wyoming State Historical Society.
1930 S. H. Knight took photographs of the Centennial Valley and of this lodge in southern Wyoming.