Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 80 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
ing to the rescue, called out: "Look out there, Mills;
they are going to kill you."
When the secession talk commenced, it was known
to me and to a few others that Skillman, although his
associates were nearly all Confederates, inclined
strongly to the Union side; but he finally "went with
his State," and in 1864 he, with a small band of Confederates,
was acting as a scout and keeping up communication
between San Antonio and the Confederate
colony at Juarez, Mexico, near El Paso.
General Carleton, then in command of New Mexico,
decided upon the capture of Skillman and his party, and
for that service he selected Capt. Albert H. French, of
the California Volunteer Cavalry.
General Carleton was present at El Paso when
French left on this dangerous expedition, and I KNOW
that he gave French special instructions to bring Skillman
in alive "if possible," and I know the reason for
French was a Boston man. He was as large and as
well formed as Skillman, and, like him, was of sandy
complexion, hair and beard.
Skillman and his party were near Presidio del Norte
en route for Juarez when Captain French (himself unseen)
discovered them and watched them go into camp
(April 3, 1864).
At midnight, French, with a portion of his little command,
including two citizens of San Elizario, crawled
into Skillman's camp, and, rising to their feet, called for
surrender. Skillman arose, armed, and refused, when
French shot him dead.
In the volley which followed two more of Skillman's
party were killed and two wounded. The others surrendered
and were brought to San Elizario.
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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/m1/80/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .