Central sectional view of the great camp at Fort Bliss, Texas. Picket Lines and Battery Parks., 9/26/1915
According the Series’ Scope & Content note, this photo was part of a collection of photographs taken by C. Tucker Beckett, who served with the 16th Infantry during the U.S. Army’s Mexican Punitive Expedition.
The Mexican Punitive Expedition began in March of 1916, when General John J. Pershing led several thousand U.S. troops across the border into Mexico, following attacks on American citizens and property by the followers of Francisco (Pancho) Villa. Pershing’s orders from the War Department were to pursue and disperse Villa and his band or bands.