The fall of Pueblo.
The French steamer Darien
has arrived from Vera Cruz
, bearing dispatches which announce the capture of Pueblo
by General Foray
, commander of the French
On the 16th ult, he opened fire with heavy artillery, and on the 17th effected a breach in the Fort Toximehuacan
, when he moved to the assault, and, after encountering a desperate resistance, entered the Plaza, where he received the unconditional surrender of General Ortega
The prisoners made by the capture of the city number twenty three Generals
, nine hundred subordinate officers, and seventeen thousand men. A division of General.
's army left on the 20th, for the city of Mexico
, a sufficient garrison remaining at Pueblo
The following are the particulars of the fall of the most important city but one in Mexico
It appears that on 16th of May the French
having established a parallel at about 200 yards from Fort Toximehuacan opened a brisk fire upon that position and dismounted all its guns.
fought bravely, but the next day, the parallels having been extended up to the foot of the fortress, the Mexican General Mendoza
presented himself in the camp asking General Foray
to let the garrison leave with its arms, baggage, and a portion of the artillery, and stating that they would, on those conditions, surrender the city.
refused to accept these propositions, and replied that, if in a few hours the city was not given up, he would resume the bombardment.
At 5 o'clock in the afternoon an officer brought a letter from Ortega
to General Foray
, announcing that he was ready to surrender unconditionally with his troops.
, the second officer of General Foray
's staff, was then detached with the first battalion of foot chasseurs, Commander Cowray
, and with a platoon of hussars, for the purpose of occupying the place.
The entrance of the French
troops took place in an orderly manner, and without any casualty on either side.
On the morning of the 19th, at 11 o'clock, General Forey
made his entry into Pueblo
, and was saluted by a volley of 100 guns.
On the same day General Bazaine
made his preparation and was ready to move toward Mexico
on the following morning, May 20
During the nights of the 7th and 8th of May General Comonfort
, who had abandoned his position at San Martin
, in order to march to the assistance of Ortega
, was surprised by General Bazaine
at 2 o'clock A. M. A brisk engagement ensued, in which Comonfort
lost eight rifled guns, twenty artillery trains, 200 mules, and 2,500 men, most of whom were made prisoners.