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Later from Arizona.

more of the battle of Alamosa--five hours fighting — bravery of our soldiers — retreat of the Lincolnites, &c.



The Mesilla Times, of the 3d ult., has the following account of the brilliant affair of Alamosa, on the 25th and 26th September:

‘ Our extra of the 27th, which was hastily issued for the mail going South, giving an account of this battle, was in a measure incorrect in some of its details, but contained the report rife in Mesilla at the time. The following, however, can be relied upon, as the intelligence has been gathered from those who were present:

Capt. Coopwood, with a command of 114 men and officers, (being 45 of the Spy Company, 45 of Capt. Pyron's Company under command of Lieut. Poor, and 24 of E. Company of the 2d Texas Mounted Rifles under Sergt. Brown,) surprised, at 3 o'clock on the morning of the 25th, a company of New Mexican volunteers, under the command of Capt. Mink, being the Federal advance, at the village of Alamosa, on the Rio Grande, sixty miles north of this place.

The volunteers ran at the first fire, with the exception of Capt. Mink and ten men, who kept up a continual fire from the houses and corrals until daylight, when they surrendered unconditionally, having three men killed and four wounded. No one of Capt. Coopwood's company was hurt. Twenty-five animals, nineteen guns, several revolvers and several boxes of ammunition were taken. The privates taken were sworn not to fight against the Confederacy and discharged; the Captain, Lieutenant, Orderly Sergeant, and three teamsters were made prisoners of war. Both the officers and men declared that they had been trifled with — that they had enlisted expressly and only to fight Indians, and had no desire to fight Americans.

Capt. Coopwood then withdrew his men in the direction of Mesilla, and camped thirty miles this side of Alamosa.

At sunrise, on the morning of the 26th, while the command was breakfasting, the pickets came running in, announcing the approach of the regulars. In fifteen minutes about 200 men came in sight, being three companies of mounted regulars, a portion of Capt. Hubbell's, and the remainder of Capt. Mink's mounted volunteers, supposed to be under the command of Col. Roberts. They rode up within 600 yards of our position, dismounted, and formed into two lines, raking our position with cross fires. Our men were under cover of trees, high grass, and a ravine, but the horses were exposed. The regulars, likewise, fought under cover, not choosing to charge, though double in numbers. A continual fire was kept up for five hours between the forces, at a distance from 400 to 600 yards. Many of the Federals were seen to fall. The commander was seen to fall from his horse, and was borne from the field by four men, as if dead. On the fall of their leader the Federalists retreated from their warm position, carrying off their dead and wounded.

Dr. W. C. Wright, of Captain Coopwood's company, was killed instantly, and Robert W. Lyon, of the same company, was mortally wounded, and has since died.

On the withdrawal of the Federalists, Captain Coopwood commenced preparing for another attack. The camp was entrenched, a well dug in the ravine, and the horses watered from hats and mess pans. The command remained in this position twenty two hours after the retreat of the Federals, and then slowly withdrew in the direction of the Mesilla Valley.

All our informants speak most enthusiastically of the grit of our men. Never were men cooler or braver. Rev. Mr. Joyce, of a company, Texas Mounted Rifles, who was in the action, is most enthusiastically complimented by all of his comrades for his brave conduct.

Capt. Coopwood, in this as in every other strategic move of the Rio Grande campaign, seems to be selected for all desperate and trying positions. It is but the simple truth to add that in this scout, and in every other station, he has proved himself worthy of the trust — a cool, brave, careful, and superior officer.

’ The Times also furnishes the following intelligence:

‘ On the morning of the 30th ult., five Apaches stole out of a corral at the village of Picacho, two hundred head of cattle. To show the audacity of these Indians, we will and that the stock was stolen within five miles of a camp of 650 soldiers.

Corn gathering has commenced generally in the Valley. This crop is a full one, and the same might be truthfully said of all the crops this season. The mellowness of a bountiful harvest shines brightly on every side.

Col. Baylor has authorized the raising of two companies of volunteers for special service against the Indians. Don. Anastacio Barela has offered to furnish one hundred of these volunteers with horses Colonel Baylor assures the citizens that as soon as military movements will permit, active operations will be instituted against the Apaches.

Thirty two men, twenty from this place and twelve from Picacho, left this place last Wednesday night, to assist the citizens of Pino Alto in protecting themselves from the Indians.

The paroled prisoners taken by the Confederate forces in Arizona have left Santa Fe for the States. As far as the military department of New Mexico is concerned, these parties have been fully respected. Capt. Brooks, of the U. S. 7th infantry, and second in rank of the officers surrendered at San Augustin, was at Santa Fe-dropped from the army list, and afterwards arrested. This officer was wounded at the battle of Mesilla, and showed as much as any officer of that command, coolness, and bravery. It is certainly very encouraing for the U. S. officers to do their duty. The secret of this remarkable treatment is probably owing to Captain Brooks having tendered his resignation several months since, on account of his opposition to the war.

Lieut. Lane, of the 1st U. S. Mounted Rifle Regiment, a Kentuckian, has been arrested, and is to be tried for treason.

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