, 60 miles westward, they obtained more provisions and some ammunition.
Still advancing on Santa Fe. the Confederates
at Cañon Glorietta
, or Apache Pass, 15 miles from Santa Fe
, near Fort Union, a new Federal force of 1,300, composed partly of regulars, but mainly of green Colorado
volulteers, the whole commanded by Col. John P. Slough
The Rebel force actually present, under Col. W. R. Scurry
was decidedly inferior in numbers,3
but in nothing else.
The narrowness of the cañon precluded all flanking, enabling the Rebels
to span it with a line of infantry, which instantly charged, with the Texan
yell, revolver and knife in either land.
Our forces scarcely waited to be in danger before breaking and flying in the wildest confusion.
In a few moments, not a man of them remained in sight of the Rebels
halted, re-formed his men, brought up his guns, and fired a few shots to ascertain the position (if position they still had) of his adversaries, and then ordered Maj. Shropshire
, with his right, and Maj. Raguet
, with his left, to charge with cavalry and develop the new Federal line, while he would lead forward the center at the first sound of their guns.
Delay ensuing, he moved to the right to ascertain its cause, and found that Shropshire
had been killed.
Immediately taking command of that wing, he advanced and attacked — the left opening fire, and the center advancing, as he did so. Three batteries of S guns each opened a deadly fire of grape, canister, and shell, as they came within range, tearing through their ranks, but not stopping their advance.
A short but desperate hand-to-hand conflict ensued, our infantry interposing to protect their guns, which were saved and brought off, with most of our wagons.
But our infantry soon gave way, and the Texan
victory was complete.
Their loss was reported by Scurry
as 36 killed and 60 wounded ; but among the former were Majors Shropshire
, Capt. Buckholt
, and Lt. Mills
During the fight, which lasted from noon until about 4 P. M., Maj. Chivington
, of Colorado
, with four companies, gained the rear of the Rebel
position, and destroyed a part of their train, also a cannon, which he spiked ; when, learning that Slough
was defeated, he decamped.
Our total loss was reported at 23 killed and 50 wounded; while in a skirmish with Pyron
's cavalry, the morning g before, Slough
took 57 prisoners, with a loss of only 15.
entered Santa Fe
in triumph soon afterward, meeting no further resistance.
He collected there all that remained of his little army, and confiscated to its use whatever of provisions and clothing, of wagons and animals, he could lay hands on. But he found the population, with few exceptions, indifferent or hostile, the resources of food and forage extremely limited, and his hold upon the country bounded by the range of his guns.
Never had heroic valor been persistently evinced to less purpose.
Before he had rested a month, he found himself compelled to evacuate his hard-won conquest, and retreat