Benjamin Stevens, Bernalillo County, New Mexico

Benjamin Stevens, who had been living in California, came across the country from Utah with the Fifth United States Infantry as wagon master, and after leaving the service practiced law in town. General James H. Carleton, who afterward commanded the historic "California Column." was commandant of the post for some time before the war, and was very popular among the American residents. The post headquarters were located in the west end of the present Old Town. General Rucker, whose daughter married General Phil Sheridan, was one of the chief quartermasters of the post in these days, and lived in the one-story adobe building adjoining the court house grounds on the west. There his daughter (afterward Mrs. Sheridan) was born. General Carleton made his home in a part of the Catholic parochial residence. 

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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