EXCERPT from Eyewitness to the Escape of Billy the Kid by Jack Shuster in VIVAcini! 26 Oct 2012
From 1937-1939, as part
of the New Mexico Federal
Writers’ Project, Edith
Crawford, the representative
in Lincoln County,
collected a number of
Lincoln County pioneers.
These were never published and were believed
lost until the collection was published
by the Lincoln County Historical Society. Th is
vignette is “Number 3” of the collection and is
taken from the actual words spoken by Daniel
Carabajal on January 20, 1939.
Daniel Carabajal was the youngest of seven
children born to Jesus Sanchez and Dolorita
Aguilar. Jesus joined the New Mexico Volunteers
around 1862 and served part of his enlistment
at Fort Stanton, more than likely under
the command of Kit Carson.
While stationed at Fort Stanton he moved
his family from Belen, New Mexico to the Torres
Ranch, about three miles from the fort.
Jesus survived fi ghting both Confederates and
Indians and worked at the ranch aft er his discharge
from the army.
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