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A Battle On The Border

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OnFeb. 21, 1862, the Union and Confedérate torces on southwestern border met in bat at Valverde, N. M. The troops on both sides were chiefly local volnnteers, although the Union ranks were led by regular officers, and many of the Confedérate officers had served in the old army. The campaign opeued with the advance of General Sibley up the Rio Grande from Texas with 2,000 men to seize or capture the Union posts on the river. He arrived opposite Fort Craig on the 21st. General E. S. R. Canby commanded at the fort. A part of thegarrison, which numbered 4,000 men, crossed the river and drove the enemy from his chosen positions. At 3 o'clock the victory seemed to hang over the Union banners. In desperation Sibleysent two storming parties agaiust the Union flanks. The stormers were on f oot, armed with shotguns, squirrel rifles, revolvers and lances. On the Union right Hall's batlery, supported by Kit Carson's Colorado volunteers and abattalion of regnlars, drove back the stormers with fearful slaughter, but on the left there was another story to teil. Captain Alexauder McRae's battery formed'tbe chief element of strength on that flank. Ifi was manned by regulars and defended nntil every horse and half the cannoneera had been shot down. Major S. A. Lockridge, an old army officer and formercomradeof McRae's, led the charge. McRae stood by the last gun, surrounded byhis fallen bra ves. Lockridgo placed his palm upon the muzzle of the piece and deinanded surrender. The two were not three feet apart. Looking each othcr in the face, both raised their revolvers and fired. Together they dropped dead in their tracks. The disaster to McRae tnruecl tho tide in favor of Sibley.


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