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heavy, it was a terrible weapon as it was easy
to cut a man in two with every blow,) "and
follow me," which we did, but in going through
their lines we lost in killed and wounded and
missing (captured) twenty-seven of our very best
men, and some of the boys say that when we
struck the enemies' lines they were halloing,
"Shoot Maj. Shropshire! the man on the horse
with the white hat on." This may account for
the fact that they were over-shooting us. Shrop-
shire was a noble man, but on that day and at
that particular time, he was grand, mighty and
magnificent, having gotten through their lines
we joined the balance of our command and con-
tinued the fight, repulsing every assault until
night put an end to the contest. Our's and
Shannon's company suffered terrible, we had
none of our original officers with us save Shrop-
shire, and he had been promoted away from
us, Wright and Oaks were both on detached
service. But for Shropshire the whole company
would have been killed or captured. If we had
waited for orders at Val Verde we would not
have been in the charge.
Harve McCleary, with his lame leg that had
not healed from a wound received at Val Verde,
could not make our lines and was captured here.
Wat Tinkler got through the line but got cut off
and ran into the cedar thicket on the side of the
mountain, there he saw a large rock under which
was a big hole, Wat got in the hole and would
have been all right but Love Took, who was
also cut off, saw him go in, and Love made for
the same hole, but his legs were too long to get
them all in; so "Mr. Yank" passing that way
spied a foot or two of Love's legs and caught
hold of them to pull him out, not knowing that
Wat was there. When they commenced pulling
Love caught Wat around the body, after sev-
eral long hard pulls Wat cried out, "Hold like
hell, Love; I've a good lock around this rock
and they'll have to pull down the side of this
mountain to get us," where upon "Mr. Yank"
finding there were two instead of one smoked
them out. When Wat came out with his little
double barrel gun, the lieutenant took the gun
away from him asked if we thought they were
a lot of geese to be killed with those kind of
guns, and struck it a cross the rock to break off
the stock; the gun went off and killed him dead.
These things are related just as related to me.
In all the histories I have seen this engage-
ment of the 26th has never been mentioned,
but all seem to think Glorietta was only one
day's fighting. Even Noel, who was one of us,
in his history so regards it, but the men who
were there that evening will never forget it. I
tell you that for more than three hours-and it
seemed to me three months-we, Pyron's four
companies and Shropshire's four companies
with two pieces of cannon, fought and kept at
bay the very army that it took our whole army
six hours to whip on the 28th.
I can tell you that for three hours we prayed
for Scurry with the 4th and 7th, and night; we
wanted both. We did not know where the 4th
and 7th were but we knew they would hear our
guns and come to us, and we knew, too, that
they were so far off they could not get to us
until late in the night; hence we wanted night
to come, and we wanted it mighty bad, but the
sun seemed to hang in the heavens and would
not go down until it almost seemed to me that
Joshua had reissued his order to the sun. I al-
most believe that evening made my hair turn
gray, at least, it was very black up to that
evening, its pretty gray now. Three hundred
men fighting three thousand; it was terrible.
But those noble heroes, Pyron and Shropshire,
said stay there and we stayed; but even after
the sun had gone down, and until dark night
had come did we continue the struggle. When
it became too dark for "Mr. Yank" to see what
he was doing, he withdrew and the fight ceased.
We remained in line under arms, as we were
every moment expecting another attack. Scurry
with the 4th and 7th we knew were not in twenty
miles of us, and we did not expect them before
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