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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March 20

Today is the first day of Spring.

1836 Texan garrison of Goliad surrenders to the Mexican Army.

1876  The Chugwater division station on the Cheyenne to Black Hills stage line was established.  This is notable do a degree in that another 1876 event, the Battle of Powder River, had just occurred, in a year that would later see the Battle of the Rosebud and the Battle of Little Big Horn, showing that the region was far from settled.  Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

1884  Laramie incorporated. Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

1895  An explosion at the Red Canyon Mine in Almy killed 61 miners.  Attribution:  On This Day.

1916   The Punitive Expedition in the Press: Casper Daily Press for March 20, 1916

1917   The Wyoming Tribune for March 20, 1917. Colorado Cavalry at Ft. Russell. Lack of coat lethal?

Wyoming was contemplating adding cavalry to its National Guard, but Colorado had it.

Colorado cavalrymen were disembarking at Ft. D. A. Russell.  They were demobilizing late in comparison to the Wyoming National Guard.

And one Wyoming National Guardsmen wouldn't be called back up for World War One.  He'd died of pneumonia.

Pvt. Charles Schmidt of Company B, Lander Wyoming, had become ill after having to turn in his overcoat at Ft. D. A. Russell.  Apparently a lot of men were sick, and that likely explains the delay we recently read about in discharging from active service the men from Laramie, who made up the medical company.

March in Wyoming is cold and these papers have had stories of a cold spell being in the works in this time frame.  It seems a lot of men were sick and frankly viruses going through troops is a pretty common thing in military units.  Overcoats were an item of equipment, not a uniform item, which may sound odd to readers who have no military experience, but that's exactly how field jackets were viewed when my father served in the Air Force during the Korean War and how they were viewed when I was in the National Guard in the 1980s.  The National Guard had denied that it was taking the coats from the men when the story broke, but obviously there was some truth to the story for some units.

Would an overcoat have kept Pvt. Schmidt alive?  It sure couldn't have hurt.
1922 President Harding ordered U.S. troops back from the Rhineland.

Often forgotten, the troubles that commenced with the Mexican Revolution and more particularly the raid on Columbus, NM, continued, and remained a focus for the U.S. military. All Guard units, including Wyoming's, had ceased border service, however, with the start of World War One.

1995  An earthquake measuring 4.2 occurred 95 miles from Green River, WY.

2003 At 5:34 AM Baghdad time on 20 March, 2003 (9:34 PM, 19 Mar 2003, EST) the Iraq Invasion began.  Wyoming's Army National Guard would see service in this war with Iraq.

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