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Edward Hearne Mexican Expedition scrapbook

Identifier: RB-8042

Scope and Contents

This scrapbook was created by Edward W. Hearne, a member of the North Carolina National Guard, in 1916, while he was deployed to Camp Stewart in Texas during the United States' Mexican Expedition against the paramilitary forces of Mexican revolutionary Francisco "Pancho" Villa. Hearne gave the scrapbook a handwritten title, "A Kodak Review of the Terrors of Texas, and the Horror of War." The scrapbook contains 90 sepia-toned or black and white photographs of Camp Stewart in Texas, a sandstorm, and the bodies of Mexicans who were killed during intra-revolutionary skirmishes. There are also photographs and postcards of operations including the captured 10th Calvary African American troopers, the launch of an observation balloon, a cowboy and Texas Rangers, armed Yaqui Indians, and the first U.S. flag raised in Mexican territory. Photographs of Hearne's fellow soldiers are also found throughout the scrapbook. Hearne included photographs of street scenes in El Paso, Ciudad Juarez, and other locations visited during the expedition, as well as executions and a photograph of a procession of Mexican refugees entering the United States. Towards the end of the album, there are newspaper clippings that were added later that reference Hearne's participation in World War I and his career in vaudeville.


  • 1916


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Biographical / Historical

Edward W. Hearne was a member of the North Carolina National Guard during the United States' Mexican Expedition in 1916. He later served in World War I. Following his military service, he performed as a drag queen and in vaudeville shows.


1.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Between the Covers Rare Books, 2022.

Processing Information

Anna Smith, 2022.

Edward Hearne Mexican Expedition scrapbook
Anna Smith
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository