6.-the Texan expedition.
A national account.
flag-ship McLellan, off Brazos de Santiago, Texas, Nov. 2, 1863.
Again an army of American soldiers is on Texas soil, and once more in the neighborhood of the almost sacred battle-fields of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma.
The following account of the expedition from thewhich were heard on the flag-ship and answered by the waving of hats and handkerchiefs.
She crossed the bar at precisely twelve o'clock noon, and from that moment Texas was ours.
The General's despatch-boat — the little steamer Drew--followed, and she went capering along like a frisky young coquette of sixteen, bounding over the regiments on board, was the third to cross, and it was her good fortune to be the first to disembark her troops, the soldiers of the Fifteenth Maine first touching Texas soil.
The next moment, the flag of this regiment, followed by that of the Nineteenth Iowa, was raised.
Thus the men from the extreme northern point of the Union
rom the pursuit, and the Twenty-ninth recrossed the river the same night.
Sending out a reconnoissance the next morning, under Lieutenant-Colonel Schadt, of the Thirtieth Missouri, it was found that the enemy had never halted in his flight until ten miles from the field of battle, and that they were then in full and rapid retreat toward Trinity or Harrisonburgh.
The forces of the enemy were Texan troops, General (or Prince) Polignac's brigade, consisting of the Seventeenth consolidated Texas, Colonel Taylor, three Texan regiments, Colonels Alexander, Stephens, and Hopp, and one battalion Louisiana cavalry, Major Caldwell.
The fight was plainly visible from the bluffs of Natchez — every movement of the enemy, every change of our men could be distinctly seen, and the male and female citizens of this loyal city, who had lined the banks to see their brave boys drive the Yankees and niggers into the river, had the satisfaction of seeing one thousand Southrons, with a reserve of five