Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 58 of 163
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While serving at Fort Craig, as above related, and
when the Texans were advancing from El Paso nearer
to Fort Craig, we had an outpost of two companies at
a village called Alamosa, thirty miles south of Craig,
on the Rio Grande, under command of Capt.
Moore of the United States cavalry. One morning General
Roberts said to me: "Take an escort and go and
see what is going on at Alamosa." That was all the
order I had. I went and met the younger officers, who
told me that their captain was "in a bad way" and had
been'for several days. Going to Captain Moore's quarters
I found him in a hopeless state of intoxication.
After interrogating him until I was thoroughly satisfied
of his condition, I demanded his sword and ordered
him to go with my escort and report to General
Roberts in arrest.
I charged the sergeant to take good care of him but
did not think of his pistol. When they arrived in view
of Fort Craig Captain Moore drew his pistol and blew
out his ownz brains!"
Captain Moore had the reputation of being a good
officer, with only that one fault, and of course the
tragedy, and my connection with it made me sad-but
what else could I have done ? My action was approved
After this campaign General Roberts, being in Washington
and testifying before the Congressional Committee
on the conduct of the war, said: "One young man,
W. W. Mills, who had the courage to stand up at El
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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/m1/58/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed April 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .