's, and Corpus Christi
Of this last place he writes, “Corpus is about two miles from the head of Corpus Christi Bay
, which is separated from Nueces Bay
by a reef of sand.
The shore makes a beautiful curve, near one end of which the town is built.
The old camp of General Taylor
was on the beach where the town stands, and extended some mile and a half or two miles above it. The positions of the tents are still marked by the banks of sand thrown up to protect them against the Northers.
It is a classical spot with the army, there are so many old associations, traditions, and souvenirs of many who are now no more.
The country round Corpus is very beautiful.
Below, towards the bay (gulf, rather), it is a rather flat country, alternately prairie and chapparal, the prairies interspersed with ‘motts’1
of live-oak and mesquite2
covered withal by a luxuriant growth of grass.
The chapparal is the prettiest growth of that nature I remember to have seen.
It is, of course, tropical,--that is, composed of the cactus and the stiff thorn-covered bushes peculiar to the Southern
latitudes; but the ground even now is covered with a great variety of beautiful flowers, and the whole makes up a very pretty country.”
From Corpus Christi they proceeded to Fort Merrill, thence to San Antonio
, and from there to Camp Johnston, on the Concho River
, where they arrived October 24.