Battle-watching was a favorite spectator-sport all along the border,
Tijuana included. Stray bullets claimed
some of the curious, although none here, because the actual crossing was a mile
or so from the major scene of the fighting. San Diegans arrived by the hundreds
at the U.S. Customshouse on the international line.
A Welch freelance soldier, Ceryl Ap Rhys Pryce (misspelled on the postcard), led the original attack on
Tijuana. He had fought for the British
imperialists in India and
during the Boer War in South
Africa. Then he became a Canadian Mounted
Policeman. After the debacle at Tijuana, he
quit the movement, beat charges of neutrality law violations in the U.S. and went on to a minor movie career in Hollywood. He then
returned to England,
won medals for his military service during World War I, and there his trail
disappears to historians.
"General" Jack Mosby, a deserter from the U.S. Marine Corps, who had earlier been a gunrunner (it is not clear for which side, but perhaps both) during the Cuban war for independence against
Insofar as can be judged, only nine Mexican nationals were among the more than 200 rebels who attacked
their names, backgrounds and motivation have been lost to history. They have
simply become "the Mexican presence" in a small facet of the Mexican
Some defeated rebels followed the railroad tracks right into the waiting arms of the
which had constructed its camp on the American side. For the rebels, it was
either internment there or a firing squad in Tijuana. So far as is known, no insurgent was
captured south of the border. Just as well for Mexico,
for U.S. expansionists
were looking for any pretext to invade and hold Mexican territory.
Temporary internment along the border: among those who fled to the
were a dozen or more American military deserters who had joined the rebels. They were
transferred to the security of Fort Rosecrans and then sentenced by military court
martial to terms up to 25 years at . Mosby,
remanded to Fort
was killed enroute, purportedly while trying to flee his military escort.
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