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PC28.03.18   ridderhof

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28.03.18.   Ridderhof, Patrol Report, Los Robles

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SECOND BRIGADE, U.S.M.C. E.F.
LOS ROBLES, NICARAGUA.
18 March 1928.

Patrol Report 5.

   At 0800, 17 March 1928 I left with a patrol of two officers, twelve enlisted, to map north from Pasa Real [Paso Real] toward Guale. On this patrol the following observations were made, and information received from natives questioned along the road.

   Pasa Real was deserted except for women where on the previous day there were a dozen men,some mounted, in and near the store of Salvador Gutierrez.

   From several different sources I was told that Esperanza Altamirano with fifty bandits had passed north on the Pasa Real - Guale road on the 13th of March. That previous to this other bands had come north from Pasa Real some taking the east branch at Tumulyunca [Tumayunca] going toward Los Cuchillas and La Virgen, others taking the west branch going toward Guale and Santa Cruz. That bandits are operating in the Pantasma area at the present time, foraging for supplies and causing much fear among the natives there. That Sandino is moving north with Chipote as his destination.

   Roads are good for bull carts as far as Tumuyuaca (2 miles north of Pasa Real). From Tumuyunca to Bocadero [Embocadero], 3 miles, roads are hard surface, rough, but are passable for bull carts. Bocadero is at the top of the first of a series of mountain ranges, grades are steep and footing bad. This patrol stopped two miles beyond Bocadero and found trail continually getting worse. There were some very muddy spots and in one place saddle mules, unmounted, sank up to their bellies. Pack mules would have the greatest difficulty on this trail. This is the main trail to Guale and the Pantasma Valley. The point where the patrol stopped was about three miles from Guale according to information received from several inhabitants. South of Bocadero the area is thickly inhabited with many trails, north of Bocadero the area is very sparsely inhabited and from local information this is the only trail across the mountains, there were no branch trails leading in.

/s/ S. E. Ridderhof
1st Lieut. U.S.M.C.
 
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FIRST BATTALION, ELEVENTH REGIMENT, LOS ROBLES, NICARAGUA
18 March 1928.

   1st ENDORSEMENT.

   1.  Forwarded.

   2.  The Salvador Gutierez [Salvador Gutierrez] mentioned herein, keeps a store and barroom at Pasa Real. There have been reports that this place was a bandit hang out and that bandits that might be within the area were very likely to congregate there on Saturday nights.

   3.  Captain Hunter with twenty three men of the 47th Company cleared camp at 9.00 P.M. last night, surrounded and picketed the above store and cross road, and remained until just before daylight. Captain Hunter reports that he believes that the presence of the patrol was not observed. There was nothing suspicious. The place was closed and there was no one traveling in the locality.

   4.  Lieutenant Humphrey with a patrol ambushed Los Robles--Tuma trail.

/s/ K.E. ROCKEY

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Summary & Notes:

   Much of the zone described here remained inaccessible till the end of the war; Peña Blanca Mtn., e.g., became the principal refuge of EDSN Gen. Pedro Altamirano (Pedrón), a zone so remote and isolated that the Marines-GN could not touch him.  Same with Las Cuchillas, La Virgen, Guale, and the Pantasma Valley.  These places were on the very edge of settlement and the vast mountainous frontier zone to the east.
   "Esperanza Altamirano" is probably Pedro Altamirano.
   Same pattern of populated places being deserted when Marines arrive; people being warned by word of mouth and abandoning their homes until the Marines depart.
   Mules sinking into mud up to their bellies; gives a sense of the ruggedness and difficulty of travel in these zones.
   Salvador Gutiérrez store in Paso Real:  a reputed "bandit hang out" where EDSN members gather on Saturday nights.
   South of Embocadero:  "thickly inhabited with many trails."  North of Embocadero: "very sparsely inhabited."  Again, this is on the extreme eastern edge of the Western Nicaragua frontier; conveys a good sense of regional differentiation.
   Captain Hunter will be mortally wounded near Peña Blanca in two months' time (
PC28.05.25 PIPER).

   False information being spread about Sandino: natives report he's headed back to El Chipote; in fact he and a large group are heading east to the Atlantic Coast mining district; a key strength of EDSN information capacities: disseminating false information to the enemy.

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