Madero and his men attacked at 5 in
the morning. The battle was over after half a day.
The garrison of the
18th Batallion and other sections was approx 513 men. The attacking
revolutionaries were around 800.
The reason for the revolutionaries'
defeat showed up at 7.15 AM in form of the arrival of another column of 562 soldiers with two
mortars under the command of Coronel Samuel
García Cuellar, who got himself injured in the battle
(wounded arm). Coronel Rafael Eguía Liz
took his place.
In a later statement issued by
Francisco Madero, the scouts of the revolutionaries were blamed for
this defeat. Madero explains that it was the unexpected arrival of
federal reinforcements that caused a panic among his army. The
scouts, so Madero, had been shot.
What was the damage?
Of Madero's army, 58 persons were
killed, among them
José Dolores Palomino,
R.F. Harrington from El Paso,
TX; Robert E. Lee from San
Francisco, CA; Robert Evans from
San Francisco, CA; Roy Glenn
from Mineral Springs, TX.
Forty-one men were taken prisoners,
Eduardo F. Hay,
Sidney Severs who was son of New
York businessman B.E. Severs; Ferdinand
Lieber from Mainz, Germany; Fred
Oberbuscher from Engleswircher, Germany;
Joe Murry, from New York, NY;
J.W. Graham from Oklahoma City,
OK; R.F. Lee from McKittrick,
CA; John Harrison from Del Rio,
TX; C.H. Rice from San
Francisco, CA; William Current
from Enid, OK; Bruce Robert Jacoby
from Minneapolis, MN; Alfred Franke
from Santa Ana, CA; James H. Jones
from Duluth, MN; Floyd O. Martin
from Denver, CO; C.C. Carlton
from Williams, AZ; F.G. Fowler
from Fort Worth, TX.
The feds also took 153 mules, 150
mounts, and 101 rifles. Francisco I. Madero was injured, see photo
below, and so was his brother Raoul Madero.
Of the participating Americans, 15
were killed and 17 taken prisoner.
The garrison lost 13 men, 23 were
injured. The column that came to their aid counted 24 dead soldiers
and 37 injured, among them their leader as stated above; making it a
total of 37 dead and 60 injured for the Federals.
Altogether, 95 people were killed in
the Battle of Casas Grandes.
FRANCISCO I. MADERO INJURED IN
BATTLE OF CASAS GRANDES ON MARCH 6, 1911
Library of Congress
The town of Casas Grandes is located
around 150 miles southwest of El Paso, Texas. See map above. At the
time, it had approx. 500 inhabitants.