Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 52 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO. 55
five miles above the post at 9 o'clock a. m. at Valverde,
since changed to San Marcial. General Canby, who had
arrived at Fort Craig, ordered Colonel Roberts to check
them with the cavalry, and I went with him. We drove
their advance back from the water, and Roberts sent
me back to report to General Canby that the enemy's
whole force would reach the river before noon, and
to ask for re-enforcements. Canby sent Major Selden's
column of infantry, six hundred strong, McRae's
battery, Carson's New Mexico volunteers and the two
When we reached the scene of action the enemy had
arrived at the foot of the hills, about a mile east of the
river, there being between them and the river a level
plain studded here and there with cottonwood trees, but
in places the ground was open. Our right and their
left rested on a round mountain on the east bank of the
river. This was February 2Ist, I862.
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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/m1/52/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .