Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 39 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
"Hart's Mills, Tex., June 12, i86i.
"Col. W. W. Loring: We are at last under the glorious
banner of the Confederate States of America.
* * * We shall have no trouble in reaching San Antonio.
Four companies of Texas troops have been ordered
to garrison this post (Fort Bliss). Meanwhile
Colonel Magoffin, Judge Hart and Crosby are very
much exercised and concerned on account of the public
stores here in their present unguarded condition. Meanwhile,
you may, by delaying your departure (from New
Mexico) a week or two, add much to the security of this
"I regret now, more than ever, the sickly sentimentality
by which I was overruled in my desire of bringing
my whole command with me from New Mexico. I
wish I had my part to play over again*
"Should you be relieved of your command too soon
to prevent an attempt on the part of your successor to
recapture. the property here send a notice by extraordinary
express to Judge Hart. Your seat in the stage to
San Antonio may be engaged. * * * Faithfully
yours, H. H. Sibley."
(Note.-Sibley, who afterward commanded the Texas
expedition, was a major of United States cavalry and
Colonel Loring was then commanding, and betraying,
the United States troops in New Mexico.)
Judge Watts indorsed my letter to General Canby,
who sent a young officer, Lieutenant Hall, to Fort Fillmore
with a copy of it, to investigate and report.
* * * General Canby read Major Sibley's letter of
June I2th and mine of June 23d on June 29th, and Major
Lynde having assumed command of Fort Fillmore he
(Canby) wrote that officer as follows:
*Did Arnold experience similar regrets and wishes?
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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/m1/39/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .