y was up and deployed along the high banks of the arroyo, the field batteries in position.
General Worth was ordered to make the crossing, and rode at the head of the column.
We looked with confidence for a fight and the flow of blood down the salt water before we could cross, but the Mexicans had no artillery, and could not expose their cavalry to the fire of our batteries; they made their formal protest, however, that the crossing would be regarded as a declaration of war.
On the 24th of March the column reached the road leading from Point Isabel to Matamoras.
General Taylor ordered Worth to march the greater part of the army towards Matamoras and halt at the first good camping-ground, and rode towards Point Isabel to meet the detachment ordered there under Major Munroe.
He found them already landed, and the Mexicans fired their little hamlets and fled.
After ordering construction of protection for his supplies and defensive works for the troops, General Taylor returned to