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 of water or of anything to sustain life, made it one never to be forgotten by those who participated. At Valverde the Confederates encountered a Union force under General Canby. Here was fought an obstinate battle in which victory lay long in the balance, though it finally declared for the Confederates. Soon after the Confederates occupied Sante Fe. At Johnson's ranch another battle was fought, in which both sides claimed the victory. Two days later, at Glorieta, the Confederates under Scurry gained another success. The utter impossibility of subsisting his army, however, soon compelled Sibley's retreat. With great difficulty he extricated his army from that desolate region and from the thronging foes that pressed upon him. Colonel Scurry had exhibited such capacity for command, and so well conducted himself in subsequent movements in Texas and Arkansas, that, on September 12, 1862, he was commissioned brigadier-general. On the 1st of January, 1863, when General Magruder attacked the Union fleet and land forces at Galveston, Tex., General Scurry was in immediate command of the Confederate land forces. The result was a splendid victory. In the Red river campaign of 1864, Scurry's brigade participated in the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill. As soon as it was known that Banks was in full retreat for Alexandria, Scurry was taken by Kirby Smith, with others of Taylor's troops, to attack Gen. Frederick Steele, who had advanced to Camden, Ark. In the battle at Jenkins' Ferry, April 30, 1864, the ‘gallant and daring Scurry,’ as he is called by General Waul in his report, fell mortally wounded.
Brigadier-General William Steele was born at Albany, N. Y., in 189; was educated at the United States military academy, and graduated in 1840. He was first assigned to the Second dragoons, stationed in Florida. He served in the military occupation of Texas, and with gallantry in the Mexican war, and on May 9, 1846, was promoted
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