oras, General Arista was thrown into doubt as to whether our move was intended for Matamoras, and sent back part of his forces for its defence.
Finding, however, that Taylor had gone to Point Isabel, Arista crossed the river and put his line athwart our return march at Palo Alto.
To hasten Taylor's return, he ordered General Mejia, at Matamoras, to open his batteries on our troops at Fort Brown, and make serious demonstrations against them.
General Taylor started on his return on the 7th of May.
We had heard the artillery-fire upon comrades left at the forts, and were anxiously looking for the order.
It was received with cheers, and a good march was made, but the night was awful.
The mosquitoes seemed as thick as the blades of grass on the prairie, and swarmed and buzzed in clouds, and packs of half-famished wolves prowled and howled about us. There was no need for the sound of reveille.
The wolves and mosquitoes, and perhaps some solemn thoughts, kept us on the qui vive. Ari