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ulers who were at once honest and able.
Had the Mexican officers been men and soldiers like our own, history might have had a different record to make upon the event of the Mexican War.
Lieutenant McClellan's company of sappers and miners was attached to the second division of regulars, under command of General Twiggs, which formed the advance of the army.
Soon after leaving Puebla, they were joined by General Scott, the commander-in-chief.
Our troops entered the Valley of Mexico on the 10th, and General Scott fixed his Headquarters for the time at Ayotla, a village on the northeastern edge of the Lake of Chalco, about nine miles east of the fortified position of El Peñon, which was carefully reconnoitred on the 12th and its great strength fully discovered.
On the next day, another reconnoissance was pushed upon the route by Mexicalcingo.
This was pronounced by General Scott, the most daring reconnoissance of the whole war, as the small corps of observation was obliged to pass