Couple this with the fact that there is but one point at which good water can be obtained within a distance of four hundred miles, and you have a very slight picture of the route.
At Tuscan the party was again menaced by four companies of Federal troops that were destroying the Government property in the vicinity preparatory to leaving.
These latter, combined with the Apaches, made the march rather exciting to Messilla.
Gen. Johnston arrived at Messilla, and found that Col. Jack Baylor had removed the last obstruction to free progress in Arizona--the eleven companies of Federals at Fort Fillmore.
Notwithstanding the hardships of the trip, many good jokes were originated, one of which, at the expense of the General himself, is too good to remain unrecorded.
While encamped near Tuscan the General was visited by a Texas emigrant; a conversation ensued, in which the emigrant undertook to describe a certain road in Texas with which he was not half so familiar as he w