Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 59 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
Paso and Fort Bliss against the secessionists, was
thrown into prison there and kept in confinement and
in irons for a long time and his life threatened. He
succeeded in making his escape and in reaching Fort
Craig, having undergone great hardship, being three
days without anything to eat and without water.
"Because of his loyalty and services General Canby
appointed him an acting lieutenant. He was my aidede-camp
at the battle of Valverde, and his conduct there
was not only meritorious, it was highly distinguished
for zeal, daring and efficiency."-(Report of Committee,
part 3d, page 27I.)
I believe every young American of spirit has a natural
desire for some romantic adventure requiring unusual
exertion and involving some danger. I possessed
this desire and it was fully gratified. That the
Confederate soldiers manifested magnificent courage
and devotion I freely grant. They once preserved my
life from what General Scott termed "the fury of the
non-combatants;" but I am glad that my feeble efforts
were put forth in behalf of a cause which the civilized
world has approved and the righteousness of which no
one now questions, I believe. I have met many bitter
partisans in my time, but I have never heard any one
attempt to defend or excuse the actions of Twiggs or
Loring or Sibley or Garland or any of the officers who
connived at or assisted in and about the disgraceful
surrender of Major Lynde as related in these pages.
Few young men ever came home from the perils of
camp, prison and battlefield more victorious or better
vindicated than did the writer to El Paso with the Federal
forces in I862.
The very charge against me then was that I had been
the leader of the Union people of this frontier.
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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/m1/59/?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; .