The San Elizario Spy Company or Coopwood Spy Company was an Independent Volunteer Company of cavalry formed by Captain Bethel Coopwood and mustered into Confederate service on July 11, 1861 in El Paso, Texas. It had four officers, eight NCOs and 36 personnel, some from California but most from the El Paso area. By the time it was attached to Baylor's Command in Messila, New Mexico in October 3, 1861 it had 61 enlisted personnel, the additional men recruited in the Mesilla area. On January 25, 1862 two NCOs and seven privates from the Company were detached to help form Sherod Hunter's Company A, Arizona Rangers, that were sent to occupy Tucson, Arizona.,
- Hall, Martin Hardwick & Long, Sam. The Confederate Army of New Mexico. Austin, TX: Presidial Press, 1978. Information on Baylor’s activities in New Mexico and on Bethel Coopwood. Includes roster of members of Coopwood’s San Elizario Spy Company (said to be mostly Californians & Arizonians).
- Confederate 4th Corporal Enrique B. D'Hamel, San Elizario Spy Company of El Paso, Texas, Confederate Army of New Mexico
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