Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Mesilla” in chapter 19 of Colonel William Preston Johnston, The Life of General Albert Sidney Johnston : His Service in the Armies of the United States, the Republic of Texas, and the Confederate States.:
...as between Apache Pass and Cook's Spring.
The journey from Cook's Spring to the Rio Grande, some sixty miles, was made without camping.
The road led to the river at a point several miles above Mesilla , where was situated the little Mexican village of Picacho, inhabited by poor farmers, whose cornfields lay about the town.
Eight miles below Mesilla was Fort Fillmore, with a strong Federal garriso...
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