Services in Mexico.
I first saw General Johnston
at Vera Cruz
in March, 1847, when, after a bombardment of two weeks, the city raised the white flag, and General Scott
appointed Captain Robert E. Lee
and Captain Joseph E. Johnston
of his staff to go into the place and arrange the terms of its surrender.
They were then distinguished young officers,
intimate friends to each other, and their martial appearance as they rode superbly mounted to meet the Mexican
officers gave a general feeling of satisfaction to our army that such representatives of the ‘North Americans’ had been chosen for such an occasion.
A few days before General Scott
had published to his army a congratulatory order announcing ‘the great victory won by the successful General Taylor
’ on the field of Buena Vista
We young Virginians
felt very proud that day.
After disposing of Vera Cruz
we moved on toward the City of Mexico
The army marched along the great National road, made by the old Spaniards
, till about April 12th, when some cannon-shots from Cerro Gordo
checked the advance guard of our cavalry, and made us know Santa Anna
was prepared to give us battle there.