Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 35 of 163
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THE CANBY-SIBLEY CAMPAIGN IN I86I-2.
The following notes are published substantially as
they were written soon after the close of the campaign.
The remoteness of New Mexico from the scenes of vastly
more important conflicts prevented historians of the
war from writing of that campaign, which, though insignificant
by comparison, was one of the knightliest and
most romantic in history. I have here aimed to do justice
to the brave men, of both armies, who marched and
countermarched, and fought and fled and fought again
along the banks of the Rio Grande forty years ago.
In 1858, when still a youth, accident and adventure
brought me to El Paso. * * * Determining to
make my home in this valley, and being without money
or friends or a profession, I commenced life as a merchant's
clerk. I had spent about three years in that
capacity when the news of the firing on Fort Sumter
and the inglorious surrender by General Twiggs, of all
the United States troops in Texas, startled us as much,
though tell days old, as though the lightning had
brought it. We had heard a great deal of street corner
talk about secession, and a packed convention had
passed a resolution declaring Texas out of the Union,
which resolution had been submitted to a vote of the
people; my brother (now Col. Anson Mills), myself and
only two or three others voting against it in El Paso
County. The Mexican voters, of course, knew but little
about the questions involved in secession and were influenced
by the Americans, most of whom favored se*"All
of which I saw and a part of which I was."
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Mills, William W. Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills., book, 1901; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6112/m1/35/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .