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Revolutionary justice: 4 June 1913

4 June 2013

Brownsville photographer Robert Runyon, having photographed the refugees from Matamoros as Lucio Blanco’s Constitutionalist troops closed in on the Tamaulipas border city was not able to cross the border until the battle was over.

Victoriano Huerta’s flailing government had abandoned the city, leaving behind a small force of volunteers, including  of 23-year old “Colonel” (for a day or two) Antonio Echazaretta.  His bad luck that a couple weeks previously, Constitutionalist Chief Venustiano Carranza had given his commanders permission to shoot enemy officers.  Which they did… as witnessed by Runyon, U.S. Consul in Matamoros Jesse H. Johnson, and other invited guests from north of the river.


Sombrero Tip:   Mary O’Grady.

Sources: Executed Today; Robert Runyon Collection (University of Texas); Ray Acosta, Revolutionary Days.

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