Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 37 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
By this time a small force of Texas troops were en
route to El Paso and New Mexico and it was claimed
that Fort Fillmore would be surrendered without a
I then'went to Fort Fillmore and en route was given
a letter, with the request that I was to hand it to Captain
Lane, then commanding that post. Being introduced to
Captain Lane, in conversation about secession he complained
that we El Paso people had taken advantage of
his position to treat him badly. He said we knew his
feelings were with the South, and that we had presumed
upon the fact in taking his horses and placing him in
an embarrassing position. He said he could recapture
the horses and destroy our town, but he would not. This
satisfied me that nothing could be hoped for from him.
Of course, Lane supposed that I was in sympathy with
rebellion, and for good reasons I did not undeceive
him. I told him in a jocular way that he might as
well turn over his saddles as they were useless to him
without horses, at which he became angry and I left
him. I then proceeded to the town of La Messilla, five
miles from the fort, and found a secession flag flying
in the street and the secession leaders notifying Union
men to leave. They had held a convention and organized
a Confederate territorial government for what they
By this time Colonel Loring had passed south to
join the Confederates. Gen. E. R. S. Canby was now
in command of the Department of New Mexico, with
headquarters at Santa Fe. From Messilla I wrote to
Hon. John S. Watts at Santa Fe as follows:
"La Messilla, N. M., June 23, i86i.
"Hon. John S. Watts: Sir-I came up here from El
Paso two days ago hoping to meet you. I assure you
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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/m1/37/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed June 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .