Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 38 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
that I found matters here in a deplorable condition. A
disunion flag is now flying from the house in which I
write, and this country is now as much in the possession
of the enemy as Charleston is. All the officers at Fort
Fillmore except two, are devotedly with the South, and
are only holding on to their commissions in order to
embarrass our Government and at the proper time to
turn over everything to the South, after the manner of
General Twiggs. The Messilla Times is bitterly disunion
and threatens with death any one who refuses to
acknowledge this usurpation. There is, however, a
latent Union sentiment, especially among the Mexicans,
but they are effectually overawed. * * * The regular
soldiers, in defiance of the teachings of their officers
and the offer of gold from Hart, are yet faithful, and
if a second lieutenant were to ask them to follow him
they would tear down the secession flag and throw the
Times office into the river in an hour. Fifty of them
could go to Fort Bliss and capture all the Government
stores at that place, but instead of this a few thieves
came up from El Paso and stole forty of the horses belonging
to a mounted company at Fort Fillmore. No
effort was made to recapture these horses, although the
soldiers plead with their officers to allow them to do so.
* * * About 300 Texans are expected at Fort Bliss
in about two weeks, and if something is not done before
that time Fort Fillmore will be surrendered. Very respectfully,
W. W. Mills."
(The above letter is copied from the Records of the
In contrast with this letter, and to show the plots and
counterplots of those days, I copy from the same page
of the Rebellion Records the following:
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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/m1/38/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed June 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .