1st Battalion 22nd Infantry

 

22nd Infantry Regiment on the Mexican Border

 

 

Postcard showing the 22nd Infantry Camp, El Paso, TX.
Postcard has a 1912, Ft. Bliss postmark.

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In response to the turmoil of the Mexican Revolution, Regular US Army troops were concentrated along the Mexican border in the spring of 1911,
ostensibly for maneuvers and to aid civil authorities in enforcing the neutrality laws.   In fact, this mobilization constituted a show of military strength
and a testing ground for new tactical organization.   US troops were organized into a brigade at Galveston, TX, and a partial brigade at San Diego, CA.
The 22nd Infantry was sent to Fort Sam Houston, Texas in 1910. Though the 22nd Infantry did not join the punitive expeditions of 1914 and 1916,
which crossed into Mexico, the Regiment remained at various posts along the Mexican Border for seven years.
In April of 1917 it was moved to Fort Jay, New York, in anticipation of the US entry into the World War.

The first U.S. Army Division of the twentieth century was conceived not necessarily with combat power in mind,
but primarily as an administrative formation used to aid mobilization. Its roots lie in an effort to improve training procedures and the speed of assembly.
America’s experience in its war with Spain in 1898 spurred a rethinking among the Army’s bolder leaders of its organization for fighting.

Secretary of War Henry Stimson and Army Chief of Staff General Leonard Wood also wished to eliminate the many small posts
inherited from the constabulary and Indian fighting days and reorganize the Army into larger garrisons. At the very least, Wood and Stimson believed
that they should form temporary troop concentrations on paper that would aid mobilization purposes.
At San Antonio, TX, where the main concentration occurred, units were organized into the U.S. Army's first modern tactical division, that is,
one containing the combined arms of infantry, cavalry, and artillery. The so - called “Maneuver Division” was formed at San Antonio, Texas, in March 1911.
This grouping gave officers experience handling large bodies of men and permitted testing and experimentation with new Signal Corps equipment,
such as telegraph and wireless telegraph sets (radios) and airplanes. The Division conducted extensive field exercises (including the use of airplanes and radio)
in an attempt to improve the US Army’s low efficiency reports. The shortcomings of the resulting undermanned and unprepared Maneuver Division
later gave Army leaders the ammunition to call for an improved organization of the Army as a whole.
Stimson subsequently called on the U.S. Army War College to plan for the tactical reorganization of the Army into a permanent, Division-based organization.

In early 1913, Stimson persuaded the Army’s general officers of the merits of the divisional plan, and the reorganization of the Army into four divisions
soon followed. These divisions consisted of three infantry brigades, a cavalry regiment, an engineer battalion, a signal company, and four field hospitals.
The wisdom of the new plan soon became evident as the Mexican Revolution threatened to spill over the Rio Grande. What once required scores of orders
now required only one, and with that the 2nd Division commanded by Brigadier General Frederick Funston at Texas City and Galveston was mobilized.

    During its brief existence, Mar 12- Aug 7, 1911, the Maneuver Division, commanded by MG William H. Carter, conducted no maneuvers
and never reached full strength before its disbandment.   The experience gained, nonetheless, was put to use in Feb 1913,
when the 2d Division was mobilized at Texas City and Galveston, TX, again under the command of Carter.
The 22nd Infantry Regiment was moved from Fort Bliss to Galveston, to become part of the 2nd Division.

 

1913 aerial photograph- taken from the open cockpit of a plane of the 1st Aeroplane Squadron, on its very first Military Deployment.
Part of the DH-4 Jenny aircraft from which the photo was taken can be seen in the picture.
In 1913, the US Army deployed the entire 2nd Division to Texas City, Texas, in anticipation of problems on the US / Mexico Border.
This included 14,000 troops, 3,000 animals, and for the first time, the 1st Aero Squadron was deployed with them.
Shortly after the encampment was set up, this photo was taken of the encampment.
In the foreground are the tents and buildings of the 22nd Infantry,
immediately above that is the 11th Infantry,
and above that is the 18th Infantry.
The Texas City Encampment was completely leveled by a massive Hurricane in August 1915,
and was moved to San Antonio, and to locations along the Rio Grande.

 

     

Souvenir of the 22nd Infantry's service
at Texas City, Texas.

Brass fob meant to hang from a watch chain
or affixed to a plaque, measures
1 by 1 inches.

At the top is 22 ND INF.

At the bottom inside a five-pointed star
is the date 1913

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The following narrative describes the duty of the 22nd Infantry 1911-1915
and is taken from a history of the Regiment compiled under the direction of
CPT G. C. Graham, Regimental Adjutant 1922

 

March 13, 1911, orders were received directing the formation of a complete Infantry Division and a Cavalry Brigade at San Antonio, Texas.
These were designated, respectively, the Maneuver Division and the Independent Cavalry Brigade.
Major General William H. Carter, U. S. A., was placed in command of these units.
The 22nd Infantry was assigned to the Second Brigade of the Maneuver Division.

The formation of the division was completed between March 10 and 16, 1911, but the 22nd Infantry remained in garrison until April 11,
absorbing a large contingent of recruits during February and March. On April 11, Regimental Headquarters less the band,
and the First and Second Battalions, left their quarters at Fort Sam Houston and proceeded to camp at the division mobilization point.
Here they were joined on April 14 by the Machine Gun Platoon of the regiment.
April 25, the Second Brigade left camp for Leon Springs, arriving at noon the following day.
The brigade remained at Leon Springs until the 29th, when it returned to the division camp at Fort Sam Houston.
In the meantime the regiments were receiving recruits in such large numbers that the authorized strength was exceeded,
and the War Department finally issued instructions allowing an enlisted strength of one thousand men for each of the Infantry regiments
of the Maneuver Division. At first this resulted in a shortage of the necessary equipment for the men, but sufficient supplies of all kinds
were on hand in the division in the course of a few days. A review of the Maneuver Division was held in camp on April 1,
and on the 16th the entire division paraded in the city of San Antonio. May 13 the division again marched to Leon Springs for maneuvers,
remaining there until May 21, when the troops returned to
camp. June 2, the division again marched to Leon Springs
to conduct further division maneuvers. The return march to Fort Sam Houston was made during the night of June 8-9,
the division covering 26 miles during this time. The following day the 22nd Infantry went back to their permanent quarters at Fort Sam Houston.

 

 

The following is a photo post card sent by a Soldier in Company A of the 22nd Infantry,
showing members of Company A having chow at their yet to be completed dining facility at Fort Sam Houston:

 

The Soldier seated on the planks, center of photo, appears to be wearing a souvenir badge of the type described in the above text
on his right breast pocket. Two Corporals can be seen, seated back to back on the stack of planks in the right of the picture.
All uniforms and equipment are of the older patterns, the model 1910 uniforms and equipment not yet having been issued to them.
Note the light blue hat cords of the Infantry branch. The photo was taken at the camp being built for the mobilization
of the Maneuver Division at Fort Sam Houston in 1911.

The sender of the postcard is "Bert", and he is the soldier sitting against the post holding his leg up. There is a black "x"
marked above his head.

 

 

The address side of the post card, showing the May 8, 1911 postmarks of both the mail room at Fort Sam Houston,
and of the post office in San Antonio. The inscription reads:

" Can you find
me I am very small
Can hardly be seen
this was taken
the first day in
camp before our
dining room was
completed

Bert . "

 

The above post card is courtesy of Michael Smith, and is addressed to his grandmother's sister Aliene.

 

 

 

 

22nd Infantry Regiment Band, Building 646, Fort Sam Houston Texas 1911

photo from Vintage Brass Band Pictures website

 

A Maneuver Division of about 12,000 troops was assembled at Fort Sam starting March 7, 1911, while two backup brigades went to Galveston and San Diego, Texas. At Fort Sam and the military reservation at Leon Springs, troops tested the Army's new Field Service Regulations and tried out newfangled technology, such as aircraft and "wireless telegraphs."
Joined in April by members of the Texas National Guard, the troops of the "Great Military Maneuvers" and their visitors were courted by San Antonio retailers in advertisements, welcomed by local businesses awarded supply contracts and lionized by civilians.
"The glamour of the brass button and the uniform has a peculiar charm," says the San Antonio Express, April 19, 1911. "In San Antonio, hundreds are for the first time witnessing something of real soldier life." An estimated 100,000 citizens lined the sidewalks "massed five or six deep" or "hung out the windows and balconies" to watch the Military Parade, "feature event of the second day of the spring festival."

Newspaper accounts differ, but troops numbering 6,000 to 8,000 took to the downtown streets April 18, 1911, in "the greatest military parade since the Army was reviewed after the close of the Civil War."
Led by the 22nd Infantry, with the Signal Corps last in line, the parade represented "the flower of the American Army," including artillery and cavalry as well as infantrymen marching in columns of four.

It was a long line. Troops formed at 1:30 p.m. in the Fort Sam maneuver camp and followed a circuitous, six-mile route to pass "cheering throngs" and a reviewing stand on Alamo Plaza. To "the steady rhythm of thousands of marching feet," they made their way along Grayson Street to Avenue D, to the first pass in review at 3 p.m. From Alamo Plaza, they turned west on Commerce Street toward Main Plaza, which they circled on their way to Flores Street and a circle of Military Plaza, back to Commerce to San Saba Street, then on to Houston, Navarro and Travis streets, then to Avenue C and homeward on Grayson. It took an estimated hour and four minutes for every outfit to pass the brass on the reviewing stand, but the "parade was over, and the men back in camp by 5:30 p.m.," says the Express.

San Antonio Express-News

Robin M. Ellis, vice president,
Fort Sam Houston Historical Association


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The regiment was relieved from duty with the Maneuver Division on July 22, and immediately ordered to Austin, Texas,
to arrive at that place on August 6, to take part in the field training of the Texas National Guard.
Other troops ordered to the same duty included one troop of the 3rd Cavalry and one battery of the 3rd Field Artillery.
The regiment left San Antonio at 5:30 p. M. July 31, 1911, and was joined by the cavalry and field artillery troops the following day.
The average daily march of the command from San Antonio to Austin was 16 miles, and the latter place was reached on August 6
according to schedule. The regular troops went into camp at Camp Mabry, where they remained until August 17.
On that day the return march was commenced, and the column reached San Antonio on the 21st.

During the year many men were lost to the regiment by discharge; between January 1 and March 31
fifty per cent of the enlisted men were discharged, and of these, thirty per cent, re-enlisted in the regiment.
November 10, 1911, Colonel Alfred Reynolds relinquished command of the regiment, and took advantage of a well-earned leave of absence
lasting until March 1, 1912, when he was placed on the retired list of the Army.
Colonel Reynolds joined the 22nd Infantry on April 10, 1906, at Fort McDowell, California,
and remained in active command of the regiment until the date of his departure.

Colonel D. A. Frederick was attached to the regiment on October 15, 1911, and assumed command on the departure of Colonel Reynolds.
The former had previously served with the 22nd as a Major from January 26, 1906, to October 28, 1908.
The year 1911 brought about many other changes among both the commissioned and enlisted personnel of the regiment.

The following year was taken up for the most part with more or less routine duty along the Rio Grande,
and in recording the history of the various units of the regiment during this period only the changes of station and the basic duties are set down here.
These facts are taken almost verbatim from the monthly returns of the 22nd Infantry for 1912.
The month of January was spent in garrison at Fort Sam Houston.
February 24, the entire regiment was ordered to El Paso, Texas, for guard duty along the Mexican border.
The regimental transportation and animals left Fort Sam Houston on the morning of February 25;
the first section of troops at 12:05 P. M. the same day, the second section following three hours later.
The regiment, as a unit, went into camp at Fort Bliss February 27; distance traveled from San Antonio, 630 miles.

March 1, the First Battalion, 22nd Infantry, relieved the 18th Infantry along the Rio Grande; units of the regiment taking station as follows:

Battalion Headquarters and Company B, Santa Fe Bridge ;
Company A, Stanton Street Bridge;
Company D, near Washington Park;
Company C, Smelter.
Small detachments were sent also to Pecos River High Bridge; Columbus, New Mexico;
Canutillo, New Mexico; Pelea, New Mexico; Clint, Texas, and Fabens, Texas.

The Second Battalion was assigned to duty at various points along the Rio Grande, with instructions to enforce the neutrality laws along the border.
This battalion was relieved by the Third on April 2, and the Third Battalion, in turn, by the First on May 2.
June 3, the Second Battalion, 22nd Infantry, less Company G, relieved the First Battalion, 18th Infantry, less Company A.
Company G, 22nd Infantry, was sent to Yselta, Texas, to replace a troop of the 14th Cavalry.
At the same time the Third Battalion, less Company K, relieved the First Battalion, less Company D,
the relief of the latter company by the former taking place on June 16.
June 28, Company K was replaced by a troop of the 3rd Cavalry, and another troop of the same regiment
took the place of the 22nd Infantry detachment at Columbus, New Mexico, June 27.
This detachment proceeded from Columbus, New Mexico, June 27. This detachment proceeded from Columbus
to Huachita and Hernandez, New Mexico. In the meantime the First Battalion had been in camp at Fort Bliss, Texas, since June 3,
where the troops engaged in the usual camp duties.

 

 

July 2, the second battalion, 22nd Infantry, turned its stations and duties over to three companies of the 18th Infantry and Company D of the 22nd.
On the same day the Third Battalion, less Company K, was replaced by the First Battalion. These two battalions again changed places
on August 2, when, also, the Second Battalion, relieved a like unit of the 18th Infantry.
August 9, Company B was transferred by rail to Fort Hancock, Texas, in compliance with orders
issued from the headquarters of the patrol district of El Paso.
September 2, the Second and Third Battalions were relieved from duty along the river and returned to camp at Fort Bliss.
Companies A, C and D proceeding from Fort Bliss to posts on the Rio Grande.
September 20-21, Company B, which had been on duty at Fort Hancock since August 9, marched back to Fort Bliss.
Distance marched, 33 miles.
No changes of station occurred during the following month of October, and all organizations of the regiment
continued their guard and patrol duties along the border. Annual target practice was completed by the Second Battalion October 23,
and the Third Battalion proceeded to the range two days later.
November 2, the Second Battalion relieved a battalion of the 18th Infantry along the border; battalion headquarters, with Companies E and F,
took station at Washington Park; Company C at Ysleta; Company H at the El Paso foundry.
On the 16th, the Third Battalion, less Company K, replaced the First Battalion, less Companies A and B.
Battalion headquarters and Company M were posted at the Santa Fe bridge; Company I at the cement works; Company L, at Harts Mills.
The following day, Company G was relieved from its post at Ysleta by a troop of cavalry,
and then in turn replaced Company A at the Stanton Street bridge, the latter organization returning to Fort Bliss.
The Third Battalion completed target practice November 14, and was immediately followed on the range by the First Battalion.

No further changes of station or duties took place during 1912 or in the first month of 1913.

On the evening of February 24, orders were received directing the movement of the 22nd Infantry to Texas City.
The regiment broke camp on the 25th and spent that day loading the heavy baggage on the train,
this work being accomplished during a violent wind and rainstorm. The regiment reached Texas City on the 28th and went into temporary camp
along the railroad track. The distance traveled by rail in making this journey amounted to 870 miles.
The months of March and April were taken up with field training and exercise at the Texas City maneuver camp.
As a part of this duty the 22nd Infantry marched to Galveston, Texas, on May 12, pitched shelter tents and remained until the 19th,
when they returned to Texas City by marching; the distance marched was 35 miles. Field training continued during the rest of the month.
June 24, the regiment marched to Dickinson, Texas, pitched shelter tents, remained in camp two days, and returned to Texas City on the 26th,
working out a maneuver problem on the march. The distance marched was 24 miles.
August 11, the 22nd marched to Galveston, Texas, and went into camp a short distance north of the Crockett reservation.
During the remaining four months of 1913 the regiment remained at Texas City, where it was occupied with the routine duties of the camp.

Field exercises and maneuvers continued during the early part of 1914; in January the entire regiment took part in a thorough course of field firing.
In March two divisional maneuvers took place, the 22nd Infantry participating in both.
April 16, 1914, the regiment, as a unit of the Second Division, started on a march to Houston, Texas,
for the purpose of taking part in a parade in that city on San Jacinto day, April 21. They reached Houston on the 19th, but at 3:25 A. M., April 20,
the regiment was ordered to march at once to Texas City. The 22nd Infantry, as part of the Sixth Brigade,
left Houston at eight o'clock on the morning of the 20th, and reached Texas City on the 22nd.
At Texas City the regiment again went into camp, and took up its former duties.
April 18, Company C, under Captain John B. Sanford, proceeded on the harbor boat Poe, to Galveston,
to engage in a military exhibition at that place.

 

 

Mexican Service Medal

 

Serial number of above Mexican Service Medal ( No. 7005)
indicates the medal was awarded to
Sergeant Axel H. Linquist of the U.S. Army for Mexican Service from 1911-1917.
Linquist was a member of Company H, 22nd Infantry. The medal was presented to Sgt. Linquist on November 15, 1919.

 

The long period of division, brigade and regimental maneuvers was broken in October, 1914,
when the entire regiment was granted a month of comparative rest. Many leaves of absence were granted to the officers
and most of the enlisted men took advantage of passes. A number of hunting and fishing parties were organized,
and other forms of recreation and diversion furnished the officers and men of the regiment with a well-earned holiday.

At 8 P. M., December 15, 1914, orders were received over the telephone from Division headquarters,
directing the regiment to prepare immediately for service at Naco, Arizona.
In the vicinity of this town two opposing factions of Mexicans had intrenched themselves,
and in the course of their operations some stray shots had fallen in American territory, killing and wounding a number of persons.
The United States government issued a protest and demanded that the fighting in the vicinity of the international boundary cease at once.
The demand was to be backed up by the force of troops already at Naco, augmented by the Sixth Brigade.
The 22nd Infantry was scheduled to start for Naco on! December 16, but lack of railroad transportation delayed the start until 7 A. M. the next day.
The last section of the train carrying the regiment reached Naco at 10 A. M., December 20.

Shelter tents were pitched north of the town without delay, but these formed inadequate protection against the continuous wind and rain storms
which beset the camp for the following week. Large pyramidal tents were received and erected by the men on the 24th,
bringing much joy and relief to the command. The Third Battalion, under Major W. T. Wilder, was at once designated for outpost duty.
The territory in which the battalion undertook this duty was known as the Naco sector of the line of outposts.
On January 17, 1915, the Mexicans withdrew from their positions near the border, and the outpost was relieved on the 20th.

On the 25th of January the regiment commenced its move to duty station at Camp Harry Jones, Douglas, Arizona.

 

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