Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 65 of 163
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While the hostile Texans were approaching Fort
Craig I was a lieutenant and aide-de-camp to the commanding
officer at that post, Gen. B. S. Roberts. The
General directed me to try to find some intelligent,
faithful citizen acquainted with the country to go as a
spy to El Paso (from whence I had escaped) and bring
him reliable information of the Texan forces in that
vicinity. Brad. Daily, w-lhom I had known well at El
Paso, was at the time wagonmaster in charge of Ochoa's
train, and in camp near the post. He was an old frontiersman,
an Indian fighter, and had often been employed
as a guide by United States army officers. I
knew that he was a Southerner, but I knew that wvhen
a man of that class took the Union side he could be
trusted, and I knew that he possessed every other qualification
for the dangerous service. I visited his camp
and asked himi casually \-hat he thought about the war.
Ie replied that while he was a Southern man "Uncle
Samn" had always treated him right and that he would
stand by the Governnient. I then told him what was
wanted, and he agreed to undertake the enterprise.
I took him to the General and vouched for him, and
he was supplied with two good horses and plenty of
gold, and at midnight he started on his mission. I, of
course, gave him no letters but referred him to two of
my friends, whom he also knew very well, Don Jose
Ala. Uranga, then Prefect of Juarez, and my former employer,
Mr. Vincente St. Vrain, a merchant of El Paso.
Daily entered Juarez in the night and went to the Pre68
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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/m1/65/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .