by houses malls
the ghosts of Mule Hill
pinned down by charging Interstate
under fire from lancing nine irons
shooting 18 holes
sabers thrust into dirt
Kearney’s defeated Dragoons
that never come
Author’s Notes: Mule Hill is in Escondido, California. On December 7, 1846, General Stephen W. Kearny and his company dragoons were surrounded on Mule Hill by General Don Andrés Pico’s lancers. Kearny retreated to the hill after his initial attack on the Mexican forces at San Pasqual. 18 American soldiers died in the conflict. The battle was part of the Mexican American War.
On July 13, 1970 , a team of archeologists helped by US Marines uncovered evidence of the fight on Mule Hill. Among the items they found buried approximately 4 inches under the surface were the broken blades of sabers. The weapons were apparently destroyed by Kearny’s men after they were rescued by 200 sailors from San Diego.