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ny to which I was attached was quartered at Fort Duncan, a military post on the Rio Grande opposite4, when I was ordered to join my company at Fort Duncan. To comply with this order I proceeded by aredo, a small town on the Rio Grande below Fort Duncan. There being no other means of reaching my soon as convenient, with transportation to Fort Duncan, the station of my company. In the cour a quantity of quartermaster's property for Fort Duncan, I managed to obtain room enough for my bedrom Corpus Christi to Laredo. I reached Fort Duncan in March, 1854, and was kindly received by Pena, about sixty or seventy miles east of Fort Duncan, in a section of country that had for some miliar with the region between our camp and Fort Duncan, the headquarters of the regiment, that I weces River, on the road from San Antonio to Fort Duncan, and I was required to join the company. Hged in. So during all the period I lived at Fort Duncan and its sub-camps, nearly sixteen months, f[3 more...]
t at this, in the latter part of September I decided to try again what virtue there might be in a hostile demonstration, and selected the upper Rio Grande for the scene of my attempt. Merritt's cavalry and the Fourth Corps still being at San Antonio, I went to that place and reviewed these troops, and having prepared them with some ostentation for a campaign, of course it was bruited about that we were going to invade Mexico. Then, escorted by a regiment of horse I proceeded hastily to Fort Duncan, on the Rio Grande just opposite the Mexican town of Piedras Negras. Here I opened communication with President Juarez, through one of his staff, taking care not to do this in the dark, and the news, spreading like wildfire, the greatest significance was ascribed to my action, it being reported most positively and with many specific details that I was only awaiting the arrival of the troops, then under marching orders at San Antonio, to cross the Rio Grande in behalf of the Liberal cause