Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 56 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
tory and the campaign closed. General Sibley, although
present, did not seem to develop during the day.
The fighting was done mostly by Green, Scurry, Lockridge
and Pryon. The day after the battle a flag of
truce was borne into the post by Colonel Scurry, Major
Ochiltre and another. Scurry being an acquaintance
inquired for me, and I was present at the interview.
They demanded a surrender of the post, which Canby
of course refused. Some time was spent in refreshment
and conversation, and they retired.
To condense and conclude this story, the Texans reconsidered
their threat of taking Fort Craig and took
up their march for Santa Fe. We followed, leaving a
sufficient garrison in the post, but it was not Canby's
intention to bring on a decisive engagement. He had
The Texans took possession of Santa Fe, the capital
of the Territory, without opposition; but their good fortune
allured them too far. They determined to attempt
the capture of the Government supply depot, Fort Union,
east of Santa Fe. Colonel Scurry commanded this expedition.
At Pidgon's ranch (Glorietta) they met Colonel
Slough's comlnand of Colorado volunteers, and
the regulars from Fort Union under Colonel Paul, who
had united. Another battle took place almost as desperate
and fatal as Valverde. In numbers they were
about equal, but the result was favorable to the Federals,
chiefly because during the day a detachment was
sent to the Texan's rear, which under the direction and
lead of Colonel Collins, a brave citizen, utterly destroyed
their supply train. They slept hungry that night
and then retreated in haste to Santa Fe. Meantime
Canby had from Albuquerque opened communication
with Paul and Slough, and a junction was effected at
Tejaras, thirty miles east of Albuquerque.
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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/m1/56/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed November 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .