--The steamer Columbia
, from Havana
on the 7th inst, with Vera Cruz
dates to the 6th inst., arrived at New York on the 11th.
, with 7,000 men, had joined Gen. Zearagoza
, on the 14th ult., occupied Summit Hill
, commanding Orizaba
, where the French
troops, on the same night, surprised and routed them.
On the 25th, the Mexicans commenced an attack on the French
, but without any decisive result.
was slightly wounded.
Some 5,000 guerrillas have been at Atejevia and Vera Cruz
The gates of the latter city were found closed and no one dares to go out. The dead, of which there are many from yellow fever, are buried in the city.
The army trains of the French
were attacked by the Mexicans on the 30th ult., and fifteen wagons loaded with ammunition, and five of flour, were taken and destroyed.
Twenty-five of the escort of the train were killed and the rest taken prisoners.
Only six wagons of provisions reached Orizaba
, and for some time the French
troops were actually starving.
Some 700 mules were also captured from the French
Three French bearers of dispatches were taken prisoners, and some dispatches intended for the French Generals
were published in the city of Mexico
A French brig of war captured a small Mexican
schooner, laden with corn and lard, and the crew were imprisoned at Vera Crus
had been manned and sent to Alvarado
to force the Governor
to declare for Almontel but the inhabitants refused, and drove the steamer off.