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December 29. A party of Mexicans, under the leadership of a half-Indian, named Munoz, invaded the State of Texas, and stole forty horses and fifty head of cattle from a ranche in Zapata County. Demand was made through the United States military authorities for the arrest and punishment of the robbers by the Mexican officers, and also for the restitution of the property. Governor Lopez, of Tamaulipas, had the criminals arrested, but they subsequently escaped. The property was never returned.--Brownsville Flag. The United States Provisional Court for the State of Louisiana was opened at New Orleans, with the reading of the order from President Lincoln, establishing the tribunal and appointing Judge Charles A. Peabody to preside over it.--The Union army, under General Sherman, made a concerted assault on the rebel works at Vicksburgh, Miss., and after a desperate contest, were repulsed at all points with great loss.--(Doc. 91.)
From the Rio Grande --An Abolition Raid. Brownsville and Corpus Christi papers contain accounts of a boldly-attempted and timely-frustrated abolition raid on the Rio Grande, in Zapata county. It appears that about forty of the citizens (half-breeds) organized, armed and marched upon Carizo, the county seat of Zapata county, with the object of preventing the civil officers taking the oath of office prescribed by the Confederate States Constitution. After starting they were joined by a baZapata county, with the object of preventing the civil officers taking the oath of office prescribed by the Confederate States Constitution. After starting they were joined by a band of thirty more, all well armed and organized. This quite formidable force, after holding a council and pronouncing in favor of the United States Government, was proceeding upon Carizo when intelligence of the insurrection reached Col. Ford, at Laredo. Under orders from Col. Ford, Captain Nolan, with twenty-three men, advanced upon and attacked the insurgents — then numbering eighty men --at a point some eighteen miles from Carizo. and completely routed them, killing three and wounding
and arrived here at 9 o'clock next morning, riding sixty-five miles in thirteen hours, accompanied by Don Bacilto Benavides and several citizens of Laredo. With twenty men of the company he met, about two miles from here, Cortina's advanced guard, but ran through them, completely dispersing them; they having left their horses, saddles, and a great many of them left their guns. In five minutes after arriving, they, with Capt. Benavides, went out to attack Cortina, and the above was the result. Cortina escaped with about ten men into Mexico, and never stopped until he got about 12 miles beyond Guerrero. It was a short, but brilliant fight, and one for which Capt. Benavides' company deserves a great deal of credit.--Cortina, it not attacked so promptly, in a few days would give as much trouble, and cost the State an much as he did last year, as nearly all the inhabitants of Zapata county and a great many persons of Guerrero were with Certina, and holding him with '76. sources.