Southwest Collection Exhibit Focuses on Battle of Ojinaga

A special showing will feature 40 linear feet of text, maps and photographs of 'The Battle of Ojinaga,' a famous Pancho Villa skirmish that left Mexican troops interned behind U.S. barbed wire.

Written by Cory Chandler

From April 14 to May 6, the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University will host a special showing featuring 40 linear feet of text, maps and photographs of "The Battle of Ojinaga."

The exhibit, curated by John Eusebio Klingemann for the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University, returns to West Texas after a worldwide tour. Stops included the National Museum of Australia.

Klingemann, now on the faculty in the History Department at Angelo State University, is just completing his doctoral studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

The famous 1914 battle pitted the División del Norte, under the leadership of General Francisco "Pancho" Villa, against Mexican federal forces led by Generals Salvador Mercado and Pascual Orozco. Villa’s troops routed the federales overnight, forcing them and their families to retreat across the Rio Grande to Presidio. At Presidio, the U.S. Army under the command of Colonel John McNamee took the refugees into custody and transferred them to Marfa, Texas, where they were interned behind barbed wire.

Supporting the exhibit is a seminar entitled "Conflict in the Borderlands," featuring the history faculties of Angelo State University and Texas Tech University. The seminar is scheduled for 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday (April 25) at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, followed by a reception for the presenters.

These events are sponsored by the departments, the Museum of the Big Bend, and by the Texas Tech Office of Institutional Diversity, Cross Cultural Academic Achievement Center and the Heritage Consortium for the Natural and Historic Southwest.

The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library is located at 15th Street and Detroit Avenue, near the Texas Tech Library and Student Union Building.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Limited parking is available with a permit, which visitors can obtain at campus guard kiosks. Parking is unrestricted on Saturday and after 5:30 p.m. on weekdays.

For more information call (806) 742-3749 or visit

CONTACT: Jon Holmes, manager for exhibits and outreach, Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library, at (806) 742-3749 ext. 244, or