Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 42 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
agement and a letter to some friends of the government
at Santa Fe. We started the next morning to Santa Fe
by stage coach. There were nine passengers, all Union
men, I believe, and well armed. When about ten miles
out we were overtaken by a Mexican courier with a note
for Don Lorena Labide, a loyal Mexican passenger, informing
him that a force of rebel horsemen had left
Mesilla that morning, intending to capture the stage at
the Point of Rocks that night. We held a consultation
and determined to proceed and fight if attacked. When!
near the Point of Rocks eight of us got off the coach,
with arms, and followed it at a distance, instructing the
driver that if halted he should get them into a parley
and give us the first fire. We, however, passed the
point unmolested, probably because a company of
United States troops camped near there. I went into
this camp and found Lieutenant McNalley, with his
company, en route to Fort Fillmore, and informed him
of the condition of affairs there. At my request he
gave us an escort. I found him loyal and ready for
any duty. Arriving at Santa Fe I was introduced to
General Canby, and delivered Dr. Alden's letter to his
adjutant, Captain Anderson, who read it and handed
it to Canby.
I made a verbal report of all I had seen and heard.
General Canby informed me that he would order Captain
Lane away from Fort Fillmore, and he did. The general
also stated that he had ordered Maj. Isaac Lynde to
leave his station in Arizona and take command of Fillmore.
He had confidence in Lynde, and, telling me
something of his plans, requested me to return to Fort
Fillmore with dispatches for that officer.
I arrived at Las Cruces, six miles from Fillmore, with
these dispatches at sunset about the I5th of July, and
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/42/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed November 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .