ers, the chief engineer retaining general directions.
The Mexicans now became so incensed at our near approach that some of their troops crossed the river above us, and made it unsafe for small bodies of men to go far beyond the limits of camp.
They captured two companies of dragoons, commanded by Captains [Seth B.] Thornton and [William J.] Hardee.
The latter figured as a general in the late war, on the Confederate side, and was author of the tactics first used by both armies.
Lieutenant Theodric Porter, of the 4th infantry, was killed while out with a small detachment; and Major [Trueman] Cross, the assistant quartermaster-general, had also been killed not far from camp.
There was no base of supplies nearer than Point Isabel on the coast, north of the mouth of the Rio Grande and twenty-five miles away.
The enemy, if the Mexicans could be called such at this time when no war had been declared, hovered about in such numbers that it was not safe to send a wagon train after sup