Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 87 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
The coach was halted, we four male passengers, with
our arms, moved toward the strangers and beckoned
them to approach. They did so, and I soon recognized
the familiar uniform of United States soldiers! I asked,
"Where are you camped?" Reply: "Down yonder at
the crossing." "Who is in command?" "Captain
Mills." "What Mills?" "Captain Anson Mills."
The ladies slept that night in the captain's tent and
we brothers, by the camp fire, told each other our adventures
since we had separated at El Paso, five years
before, each to take his chances in the desperate game
Captain Mills gave me his application for promotion
to present at Washington, and after the stage had
started he called to me: "Get me a leave of absence,
and I will go to Washington and return your visit."
Arrived in Washington, I presented the application
for promotion to Gen. John B. Steedman, who indorsed
it thus: "Captain Mills served on my staff for three
years. He is the best officer of his rank I ever knew;
intelligent, efficient and fearless. I recommend him for
A few days later I went with some New Mexican
friends to call on General Grant, who was then Secretary
of war. I told the General about meeting my
brother, and asked a leave of absence for him. The General
replied that such applications must come through
the regular channels. I showed the Secretary the application
for promotion, with Steedman's indorsement, and
told him something of our troubles at El Paso at the
outbreak of the Rebellion. He read the papers and
seemed pleased, but continued talking with my friends
and dispatching business. On rising to take our leave,
I told General Grant that I was sorry not to meet my
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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/m1/87/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed April 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .