Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 50 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
signed, some joined the enemy and some went into the
recruiting and quartermaster's service, none, so far as I
know, except MicNally ever did much fighting. I do
not censure all of them, but I thought, and still think,
that there should have been one among them who would
have assumed command, arrested Lynde, and won a
When Colonel Baylor returned to Fort Bliss he sent
to me and proposed to release me on parole. I refused
to give my parole, and he informed me that I was released
from close confinement and given the limits of
the post. "But," said he, "if you attempt to escape to
the enemy's lines I will capture and hang you."
The secret of my release was that General Canby had
arrested at Santa Fe a prominent secessionist, General
Pelham, and, placing him in prison, threatened him with
the same treatment that I should receive, and Canby was
a man of his word.
At the request of my friends, McGarvey, Craig and
others, the "limits of the post" were enlarged as to me,
so that finally I drifted to the Mexican side of the river.
I had been confined about thirty days, in July and
The nearest United States troops were at Fort Craig,
one hundred and seventy-five miles north of El Paso,
but I determined to make the journey. I obtained a
horse from Craig and bought another, and secured the
services of a Mexican who claimed to be a guide.
We started at II p. m. from Juarez. We crossed the
river below Concordia and traveled north on the east
side of the Organ Mountains, avoiding all roads. When
we thought we had reached a point nearly east of Fort
Craig, we rode west across the mountains. The journey
was not so easy as I supposed. The guide did not
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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/m1/50/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .