An expedition of 200 Texas
troops, under General Nichols
, went to Brazos Santiago Island, on the Rio Grande
, on the 21st ult., on the steamer Arizona
, to seize the Government works there.
They were held by Lieut. Thompson
, with 18 men, who surrendered.--The News says:
The volunteers immediately landed, marched up and drew up in line.
received the new comers courteously.
The United States
flag was saluted by the latter with the battery found in position.
As the last gun was fired, the United States
flag was hauled down, amid deep silence, Lieutenant Thompson
being evidently much moved.
He simply bade the officers farewell, and at once left the Island
with his men. The Lone Star flag arose as rapidly to the flag staff's summit, and was greeted with cheer upon cheer by the battalion until the close of the Texas
national salute of 22 guns.
The troops took possession of the roomy barracks, and then went to work discharging their stores, bagging, equipage, &c., from the Rusk
On Friday, the battalion went to work with a will to place the park of artillery, carriages, shot, &c., on the steamer and the sloop.
A battery of field artillery had been removed, by Capt. Hill
's orders, a few days before.
The battalion arrived just in time to prevent other orders he had given being carried out, to destroy the gun carriages, munitions, and other artillery stores and equipage, which abounded at Brazos Santiago
A party of fifty men were on their way from Fort Brown
to carry out this project, when met by Lieut. Thompson
and his party on their way to Fort Brown
then went up the river, 28 miles, with one or two of his officers, to summon the Ringgold Barracks to surrender.--They were held by Capt. Hill
, with 200 U. S. troops, who refused to surrender.
The News says:
received Gen. Nichols
, as Commissioner
on the part of the State
, most uncourteous — denouncing him and his men as "traitors," threatening to have him arrested as one; further avowing his intention to have the General
arrested by a civil officer; saying he would send for the 200 men at Ringgold Barracks (at Rio Grande City
) and march down and take back the island and the Federal
was calm but firm throughout the interview.
One of the officers of the Texas expedition writes:
We know nothing yet of what has occurred at San Antonio
between Gen. Twiggs
and the State
forces; but the officers at Fort Brown
--those who are chatty — say that Capt. Hill
will not obey any order Gen. Twiggs
might send him to turn the fort over to us, and evacuate the country.
We will await reinforcements here.
If we are attacked, the fight will be desperate.
Our men are ready for it, and their minds are made up to resist to the last.
The command is in excellent condition as to health and discipline.
on the other side look on eagerly.
Their men of property are with us.
returned to Galveston
on the steamer on the 27th ult., for reinforcements.
The Civilian says:
It is expected that the Rusk
will leave Galveston
to-night, with a company from this city, one from Houston
, one from Liberty, and one from Fort Bend county
With these reinforcements, it is thought the demands of Texas
may be enforced, even without the arrival of volunteers from other counties, should the order of the United States Commander
of this military department be disregarded by Capt. Hill
It is sincerely hoped that the first bloodshed will not occur in Texas