Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 63 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
Confederate ranks, which service did not suit me. I
came here with the full intention of crossing over to El
Paso to live, if I could get admission by complying with
all that might be required of a citizen. But when I arrived
here I commenced to talk with some old friends,
and changed my notion for a time. I am now tired of
living a dog's life, and I wish to live on your side of the
"I hope you will pass over in forgetfulness any hard
feelings you might have entertained toward me, and report
favorably to the commanding officer at your post.
Please let me hear from you by the bearer, and let this
communication be confidential, and oblige, yours, etc.,
"B. S. DOWELL."
This letter was brought to my office by Uncle Ben's
little daughter Mary, and I immediately replied that I
would be his friend, and without consulting the commanding
officer, Col. George W. Bowie, I invited
Dowell to come to my house. He came the next day,
bringing his very valuable race mare, the apple of his
eye, and he told me that his brother "Nim," whom I also
knew, was a Union man and had attempted to escape
from Texas and had been followed and killed by the
While we were talking over old times and thinking
no harm a file of the guard appeared at my door and informed
me that they had orders to take Dowell to the
guard house and his mare to the Government corral.
I was, of course, indignant. What? Federal bayonets
shoved into my door after all that I had gone
through? In this frame of mind I called on Colonel
Bowie and gave him what in these days might be called
"a song and dance." I told the Colonel that Dowell
was ready to take the oath prescribed in President Lin
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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/m1/63/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .