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Report of
Brig. Gen. Henry H. Sibley,
C. S. Army.


No. 5.

Report of Brig. Gen. Henry H. Sibley, C. S. Army.

                             HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE NEW MEXICO,
                                     Albuquerque, N. Mex., March 31, 1862.
    GENERAL: I have the honor and the pleasure to report another victory.
    After the battle of Valverde our advance was uninterrupted to this


city. Here sufficient supplies were secured for sixty days, while from Cubero, a village 60 miles distant, large supplies have been drawn from the enemy's depot. We have been surrounded with every description of embarrassment, general and individual. Whole trains had been abandoned, and scantily provided, as they had originally been, with blankets and clothing, the men had, without a murmur, given up the little left them. More than all this, on the representation of their officers that forage could not be procured with one accord the regiment agreed to be dismounted.
    These preliminary facts are stated because it is due to the brave men under my command that they should be known and the hand-to-hand desperate contests duly appreciated.
    The battle of Glorieta was fought March 28 by detached troops, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Scurry, and Federal forces, principally Pike's Peakers, under the command of Colonel Slough; the one having 1,000 men and the other estimated at 1,500 or 2,000. Glorieta is a caon 23 miles east of Santa F.
    Pending the battle the enemy detached a portion of his force to attack and destroy our supply train, which he succeeded in doing, thus crippling Colonel Scurry to such a degree that he was two days without provisions or blankets. The patient, uncomplaining endurance of our men is most remarkable and praiseworthy.
    Our loss was 33 killed and 35 wounded. Among the killed are Majors Raguet and Shropshire and Captain Buckholts. Colonel Scurry had his cheek twice grazed by Minie balls, and Major Pyron had his horse killed under him.
    In consequence of the loss of his train Colonel Scurry has fallen back upon Santa F.
    I must have re-enforcements. The future operations of this army will be duly reported. Send me re-enforcements.
    I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
                                                H. H. SIBLEY,
                                 Brigadier-General, Commanding.
    General S. COOPER,
        Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.


United States. War Dept., United States. Record and Pension Office., United States. War Records Office., et al., "Roanoke," The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Prepared, Under the Direction of the Secretary of War, by Bvt. Lieut. Col. Robert N. Scott, Third U. S. Artillery. Published Pursuant to Acts of Congress Approved June 16, 1880. Series I-Volume IX. Washington: Government Printing Office. 1883, pp. 540-541.


    One final word. You will search in vain among the Official Records of the Civil War for information regarding Major Henry Wynkoop Raguet, Jr., since the folks who originally transcribed the hand-written records mistook the "u" in his last name for an "n," thus spelling his name Ragnet instead.

    I have taken the liberty of restoring his name to him and you will find it properly spelled in all of these records, without comment. He was a gallant gentleman, well liked by his peers and deserves to be better memorialized than he has been.


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