arty, and one of his men were caught in ambush and killed.
Captain Walker, of the Texan Rangers, while out on a scout lost his camp guard of five men, surprised and killed, and later Captains Thornton and Hardee, of the dragoons, were met at Rancho Carricitos by a large cavalry force and some infantry under General Torrijon, who took captive or killed the entire party.
Captains Thornton and Hardee and Lieutenant Kane were made prisoners.
The other commissioned officer of the command, George T. Mason, of my class, refused to surrender; being a superior swordsman, he tried to cut his way out, and was killed.
This affair was taken as open war, and General Taylor called on the governors of Texas and Louisiana--under his authority from Washington for volunteers of infantry and cavalry.
The capture of Thornton and Hardee created great excitement with the people at home.
Fanning's massacre and the Alamo at San Antonio were remembered, and it was reported of General Ampudia, who on a