Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 9, Number 2, May, 1999 Page: 94
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and Capt. Adair, of the 7th, are killed here,
and Capt. Crosson, of the 4th, is left in com-
mand. A battle in such a place was never fought
before, and I reckon never will be again.
Incidents at Glorietta by W. L. Davidson
As I have stated, on the evening of the 26th,
when the Federals charged in among us we were
asleep, that is, I was asleep, but we were not
all asleep. Capt. Wells and Harve McLeary,
(Judge J. H. McLeary) were engaged in a very
learned discussion, the question being, "Which
travelled the fastest, the top or the bottom of a
wagon wheel?" George Little and J. J. Dick,
and I think, Donald were acting as judges or
umpires, the discussion was not finished, and
the question was never decided.
We started for our cannon and met Norman
coming with it, just about the time he met the
foremost of us, one of the cannon wheels was
about to run off and he halted, and all got down
to fix it, the "Yanks" thinking that we were
going to fire at them halted, and began hunting
This whole evening was spent more in in-
dividual skirmishes than what can be called a
battle. Geo. Little and some others of our com-
pany were cut off and did not get back to the
command until next morning. The loss of our
company that day was thirty-four instead of
twenty-seven as heretofore stated by me.
On the 28th when we advanced, we left
Nettles in charge of a cannon that we had no
horses to move. When that detachment of
Federals came down upon them, Nettles fired
the cannon twice, blew up the ammunition,
spiked the cannon, got up behind on George
Little's horse and rolled out.
This detachment was sent to burn our train
and then attack us in the rear, but when they
got our camp they found about 80 prisoners
that we had captured and sent back there, of
course they released them. One of these pris-
oners made the following report to the officer
commanding, "You had better get away from
here quick, the damn Texicans are whipping
our men in the canyon like hell, have driven
them nearly through the canyon and pretty soon
will have them out on the prairie, and then we'll
be cut off from Fort Union," whereupon they
hastily burnt up everything we had and struck
out for Fort Union.
"Three Privates" have evidently mistaken
me for some one else, they have stated my opin-
ion not only of Jim Carson but of pretty much
all of Co. A, of the 5th, we were modest, hand-
some and young boys then, (we are modest,
handsome and old boys now,) and I would have
sooner taken my chances in driving them from
a battle field with the bright eyes of a pretty
girl than with the roar of cannon, and I may
have made some such remark, but the first time
I remember seeing Captain Adiar, on that day,
was when he was brought in dead, a bullet
through his head. Still there was nobody in the
brigade that "looked like me," the boys would
not have tolerated such a thing. One man so
much better looking than all the rest, as I was,
was as much as they could stand, and some of
them even went so far as to dispute that point
with me, but the ladies, God bless them! al-
ways decided in my favor.
One error in my account of the taking of
Socora. Major Pyron did not go with his com-
mand, but his companies there were com-
manded by Capt. Frazier, the senior captain.
One other error called to my attention by
Major Coopwood, and I am through with cor-
rections. Kirk, Lance and Kennedy did not turn
over the train they captured to the Confederate
government, but drove it to Mexico.
This history is describing scenes and inci-
dents that occurred more than a quarter of a
century ago and the memory of man, is at best
defective, and sometimes treacherous, my part
of this work has been written more than two
years, the very object of publishing it in the
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