aching the river: when he arrived at the ford at the foot of the Mesa de la Contedera he found them already there.
The action was immediately begun by sending Major Duncan with his regular cavalry across the river, who were dismounted and skirmished on foot.
The enemy were soon driven back, the batteries were established on the that charged on Hall's battery, on the Union right, met with such a gallant resistance from the battery's support, consisting of Captain Brotherton's company, Major Duncan's dismounted cavalry, Captain Wingate's battalion of regular infantry, and Kit Carson's regiment of volunteers, that they were repulsed with great slaughter, a junction with the Fort Union troops.
He made a feint of attack on Albuquerque by sending in Paddy Graydon's company, supported by a few regular cavalry under Major Duncan.
The Confederates were ready to receive them, and fired a few rounds, when Canby retired and passed through Carnuel Cañon to the little adobe village of San A