, who had reached the field at 1 P. M., considered the day his own, and was about to order a general advance, when he found himself anticipated by Green
, at whose command his men, armed mainly with revolvers, burst from the wooded cover and leaped over the line of low sand-hills behind which they had lain, and made a desperate rush upon McRae
's battery confronting them.
Volley after volley of grape and canister was poured through their ranks, cutting them down by scores, but not for an instant checking their advance.
They were 1,000 when they started; a few minutes later, they were but 900; but the battery was taken; while McRae
, choosing death rather than flight, Lieut. Michler
, and most of their men, lay dead beside their guns.
Our supporting infantry, twice or thrice the Texans
in number, and including more than man for man of regulars, shamefully withstood every entreaty to charge.
They lay groveling in the sand in the rear of the battery, until the Texans
came so near as to make their revolvers dangerous, when the whole herd ran madly down to and across the river, save those who were overtaken by a cowardly death on the way. The Colorado
volunteers vied with the regulars in this infamous flight.
Simultaneously with this charge in front, Maj. Raguet
, commanding the Texas
left, charged our right at the head of his cavalry; but the disparity of numbers was so great that he was easily repulsed.
The defeat of our center, however, soon altered the situation; our admirable guns being quickly turned upon this portion of the field, along with those of the Texans
, when a few volleys of small-arms, and the charging shout of the victors, sufficed to complete the disaster.
No part of our army seems to have stopped to breathe until safe under the walls of the fort.
Six excellent guns, with their entire equipage, and many small-arms, were among the trophies secured by the victors.
The losses of men were about equal--60 killed and 140 wounded on either side.
But among the Confederate
dead or severely wounded in the decisive charge, were Lt.-Col. Sutton
, Maj. Lockridge
, Capts. Lang
, and several lieutenants.
Col. W. L. Robards
and Maj. Raguet
were also wounded, though not mortally.
The celerity of the flight precluded the taking of more than half-a-dozen prisoners, among them Capt. Rossel
, of the regulars, captured while crossing the river.
was still invulnerable; though a flag of truce, dispatched by Canby
as he reached its gates, was fondly mistaken for a time by the Texans
as bearing a proposition to surrender.
It covered an invitation to a truce for the burial of the dead and proper care of the wounded, to which two days were given by both armies; when a Rebel council of war decided that an assault was not justifiable, but that they might now safely leave Canby
to his meditations, and push on up the river into the heart of the Territory
They did so, as they anticipated, without further opposition from the force they had so signally beaten.
Leaving their wounded at Socorro
, 30 miles on the way, they advanced to Albuquerque
, 50 miles further, which fell without resistance, and where their scanty stock of provisions was considerably replenished.