Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 44 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
treated and tried to reason with him for half an hour. I
told him treachery and ruin were all around him. "He
had six hundred regular troops, well armed and eager
for the fray." I advised him to arrest a few officers
and send them under guard to Canby! To march on
Fort Bliss and capture the three hundred half-armed
Texans and the military stores which had been surrendered
there. Poor old man! It was useless. I have
never seen Lynde since that day, but ten years later I
received a letter, from which I extract the following:
"St. Paul, October 22, 1871.
"W. W. Mills: Dear Sir-Well do I remember the interview
you refer to, but I did not believe then that my
junior officers would act toward me as they did. Sincerely
yours, I. Lynde."
Major Lynde, in answer to Canby's letter indorsing
me insisted that I should undertake to learn and report
the exact strength of Colonel Baylor's command, promising
to fight him if it was not stronger than represented.
I consented to undertake this dangerous service, but before
starting I went to Dr. McKee's quarters. Several
officers were there. The doctor received me by saying
that he had been my friend, but I had incurred the displeasure
of his brother officers and he could be so no
longer. Doctor Alden said I had misrepresented him,
that he had never doubted the loyalty or good faith of
any officer. I reminded him of his letter to Anderson.
He replied that it was only a friendly letter, having no
reference to military matters.
A year later, when in the field with Captain Anderson,
he referred to his files and found Alden's letter to be a
warning of treachery and danger. The gallant Lieutenant
McNalley was present, but appeared to be in doubt.
I have never seen him since, but subsequent events must
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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/m1/44/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .