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    Default Query Regarding Military Involvement in Bisbee Deportations

    New to the site but I'm looking for any research concerning the role of the military in support of Sheriff Wheeler in Bisbee and the mine owners in Globe and Miami, Arizona. Some articles in LA Times suggest such a role. Help anyone?

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    John, Welcome to the Forum.
    I don't find much information regarding Sheriff Wheeler, but I did find that there was a slight military involvement in Globe during the 1917 strike. Governor Thomas Campbell called in Federal troops from Douglas, four units of the 17th US Cavalry (armed with a machine gun) camped and performed maneuvers at the Old Dominion Mine. They didn't seem to take an active role in policing but their presence seemed to quiet things down a bit.
    Most of this information came from "History Of Globe" by Donna Anderson...if you're looking for further info, I suggest contacting the Historical Society in Globe, (928) 425-7385. Donna Anderson is the historian who wrote the book and she volunteers at the Society several days a week.
    Good luck, hope this helps....

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    Are you referring to the exportation of some 200 employees from Phelps-Dodge mine in Bisbee during WWI?

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    Ranger Capt. Harry Wheeler did deputise a few hundred to support the deportation of the IWW supporters at the time of the strike. I don't remember if the the military was called in. This bio of Wheeler contains the best account of the event I've read. Sorry I don't have the book anymore so I can't look up details. It is a fascinating event in Arizona history.

    http://www.amazon.com/Captain-Harry-...5965670&sr=1-2

    ...& here's a bit of a tear around that occured here a while back, might be of interest;


    http://forums.ghosttowns.com/showthr...hlight=wheeler
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