On March 9, 1916, on the orders of the Mexican
revolutionary leader Francisco "Pancho" Villa, five
men led by (Colonel) Francisco Beltrán,
(Colonel) Candelario Cervantes, (General) Nicolás
Pablo López and others
attacked the town of Coumbus, New Mexico. The
town was garrisoned by a detachment
of the U.S.
13th Cavalry Regiment. Villa's army burned a part
of the town and killed seven or eight soldiers
10 residents before retreating back into Mexico.