Quantrel’s band entered Amboy, Kansas on the 7th, killed 5 men and stole 15 or 20 horses.
A letter from Santa Fe, 3d inst., with a postscript from a reliable source, makes no mention of the battle reported to have taken place at Valverne [sic] on the 21st. On the 16th the enemy approached within a mile and a half of Fort Craig, showing a front of 1,500 cavalry, with a reserve of 500 and 6 pieces of artillery. Several shots were exchanged, and the enemy retired in good order. The loss was one killed on each side.
Several small engagements had occurred during the week, which resulted in our forces capturing some prisoners and one of the enemy’s flags, which was a United States flag with the letters altered.
An express arrived on the evening of the 23d twenty-four hours from Fort Craig, but brought nothing official. A letter from Governor Connolly stated that fighting was going on when the express left. Our forces had captured over one hundred of the enemy’s mules and their principal wagon master. A number of Texans had also been killed. The enemy were hard pressed for water, and were moving towards Valverde, at which point two thousand of our men were stationed.
There is no reliance to be place on the report via Denver City and Julesburg.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Wednesday Morning, March 12, 1862, p. 2