SANTA ROSA AMBUSH

From:
ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY
By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry
Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas
Capper Printing Company, Inc.

During the months of November and December, the companies acted as escorts for the Commanding General or the engineers who were surveying the country, and went on scouting expeditions in the area of northeastern Mexico. On December 26, Companies D and E, under Captain May, left Monterey as an escort to a surveying party toward Victoria. The command was forced to go through the pass of Santa Rosa on the 29th, which necessitated leading part of the time. At the narrowest position the Mexicans began showering stones upon them from one side and firing at them from the other. When the main body reached the exit of the pass, Captain May found that his rear guard of one officer and twelve men could not be located. He went back to investigate and was forced to fight his way again through the pass. The rear guard had retreated several miles in the direction from which the command had come and had abandoned the baggage to the guerillas.

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