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Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 1, Chapter 25: the storming of Monterey-report of Mr. Davis. (search)
t. Perhaps contemporary letters give a more vivid idea of the conduct of the war and of persons, and I have made quotations from some written at that time. >Letter from Joseph Davis Howell to his mother. Camargo. . . . I now give you the camp news. General Wool has arrived near Monterey, with the intention of joining his forces with those of General Taylor, when they will march to Victoria. General Taylor has already started for the place of rendezvous. General Worth is in Saltillo with his brigade, which place he intends to garrison. I do not know what troops will be left in Monterey. I suspect, however, the Louisville Legion. . . . Report says that General Santa Anna is on the march to Victoria with 15,000 men at the least calculation. Of course he will be joined by those who were under Ampudia, about 10,000; so I think our boys have a fair chance for another fandango at Victoria. We are in hourly expectation of an attack here; there is an alarm every night. W
lept, they avoided assassination, and reached Saltillo, safely, January 4, 1847. Mr. Davis mentiist any anticipated invasion, instead of from Saltillo across the plains to the comparatively undefeto Monterey. Then went to Agua Nueva, beyond Saltillo, where he was joined by General Wool with his Thomas L. Crittenden to Mr. Joseph E. Davis. Saltillo, February 25, 1847. Dear Sir: We have had sition (which was about eight miles south of Saltillo, at a place called Buena Vista), the fight coen. On February 23d the two armies met at Saltillo, and the following is the report of Colonel JDavis of the battle of Buena Vista: Saltillo, Mexico, March 2, 1847. Sir: In compliance witrmy of Occupation, Twenty miles South of Saltillo, Mexico, April 17, 1847. To Colonel Davis and ranch of Buena Vista and eighteen miles from Saltillo. Here we whiled away the time in drill and crally on the reserve. At dusk we returned to Saltillo, closely following after the hero of the day.[6 more...]