John Potts Slough

JOHN POTTS SLOUGH was born February 1,1829, in Cincinnati, the son of Martin Slough, an early pioneer in Cincinnati. At age twenty-one he was elected a member of the Ohio legislature, where he quickly established a reputation for belligerency when he was expelled for engaging in a fist fight with another legislator in a political dispute. He moved from Cincinnati to Kansas Territory and from there to Denver in Colorado Territory. Not until a year after the start of the Civil War did he organize the 1st Colorado Infantry and become its colonel. In 1862 Colonel Slough took his Colorado force out to meet Confederate General Henry H. Sibley, who had invaded New Mexico Territory hoping to secure it and California for the Confederacy. Colonel Slough's army fought and won a fierce battle at Glorietta Pass, which brought him considerable fame in the East He went to Washington and was appointed a brigadier general of volunteers on August 24,1862. General Slough was then appointed military governor of the city of Alexandria, Virginia, situated across the Potomac River from Washington. He served in this post throughout the Civil War and was honorably mustered out of the volunteer army on August 24,1865.

General Slough was then appointed chief justice of the New Mexico Territory, where he had few friends and "his imperious temper rendered him very unpopular." After a member of the New Mexico territorial legislature introduced a resolution censuring General Slough for unprofessional conduct, Slough accosted the legislator in a billiard parlor in Santa Fe, and a physical scuffle ensued. In the course of the struggle, General Slough was shot He died two days later, on December 15,1867. He was then thirty-eight years old. He was first buried in Santa Fe, but later his remains were returned to Cincinnati for burial in Spring Grove.

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