Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 81 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
There were citizens of El Paso county in each of these
parties, some of whom are still living.
I regret to see that Col. George W. Baylor has been
led, by false information, no doubt, into doing some
injustice to the memory of the gallant Captain French.
In a late communication to the El Paso Herald the
colonel says: "Captain French killed or rather massacred
Capt. James Skillman, who was in the C. S. A.
and on picket duty in the Davis mountains. They had
been personal friends, and through treachery French
had located Skillman and killed him. It has been said
tlat the matter so preyed on French's mind that it became
unbalanced before his death."
Colonel Baylor is himself an old soldier, justly proud
of his record, and he should be careful not to place too
much reliance on the statements of others. It is impossible
that French and Skillman could have been
"friends," as the colonel states, because they had never
met each other till that fateful night. And again, the
colonel shows lack of information by speaking of Skillman
as "James" instead of Henry.
Captain French's conduct was soldierly and commendable.
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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/m1/81/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed October 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .