Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 36 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
cession, those of Northern birth being loudest in their
protestations of devotion to the South and loudest in
denunciation of "abolitionists," which meant all who
did not favor rebellion.
There was at that time a garrison of United States
troops at Fort Bliss, within a mile of El Paso; another
at Fort Quitman, ninety miles below, on the river, and
several other posts in striking distance, all of which
were included in the surrender of General Twiggs to
the "Texas commissioners" at San Antonio, 700 miles
away! There was not a Confederate soldier within 500
miles of Fort Bliss, but such is the power of military
discipline that the post commander, Colonel Reives,
though urged by my brother and myself and others to
disregard Twiggs' order of surrender, turned over his
arms and valuable stores to Commissioner McGoffin and
marched with his command, as prisoners, to San Antonio.
Then we determined that my brother should go to
Washington city and report the condition of affairs
here, and try to get the Secretary of War to order these
officers not to respect Twiggs' surrender, but he arrived
I and a younger brother, Emmet Mills, remained at
El Paso. The feeling against Union men grew still more
bitter. I could see no good in rebellion. I was willing
to make some sacrifices and incur some dangers for my
flag and country.
Colonel Loring at that time commanded the United
States troops in the adjoining territory of New Mexico.
There was a garrison at Fort Fillmore, fifty miles north
of El Paso, but United States officers who had resigned
(?) and passed through El Paso going south, gave out
that Loring was "with the South."
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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/m1/36/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .