ever been in the country.
The men are perfectly raw, so that we have to drill them; and we are now (to-day) commencing the practical operations to prepare us for the field.
and I have been in the woods nearly all the morning, with the men, cutting wood for fascines, gabions, &c. We have now fifty men, and fine men they are too. I am perfectly delighted with my duties.”
sailed with his company, seventy-one strong, from New York, early in September, 1846, for Brazos Santiago
, and arrived there immediately after the battle of Monterey
They then moved to Camargo
, where they remained for some time.
Thence they were transferred to Matamoras
in November, and from this point started on their march to Victoria
, under the orders of General Patterson
Before leaving Matamoras
, Captain Swift
was taken ill, and the company was left under command of Lieutenant Smith
the company joined the forces under General Taylor
, and were assigned to the division of regulars under command of General Twiggs
, with whom, in January, 1847, they marched to Tampico
The distance from Matamoras
is about two hundred miles. The intervening country is unfavorable for the march of an army; and every thing necessary for the support of the troops had to be carried with them.
The sappers and miners found frequent occasion for the exercise of their skill in making and repairing roads and bridges.
They did excellent service, and were assisted