Houston, Feb. 11.
--Military movements on our coast do not appear to progress with much spirit.
have done nothing worth speaking of for a month past.--They hold possession at Indianola
, at Deckrow's Point, the end of Matagords Peninsula, at Saluria
, at Aransas Pass
, and at Brownsville
Their entire force at these places is variously estimated at from seven to twenty thousand.
It is probable that the smaller number is nearest the truth.
Indeed, it is doubtful if they have 9,000 men, including Mexicans and negroes.
They have offered the oath to no one except in the town of Indianola
, and there they found not one in a dozen who would take it, and they old men and boys, of whom it is said some took it, but the majority spurned the proposition.
have been as conciliatory as their nature would allow, and no property has been destroyed except that of one or two absent rebels, who will get the worth of it out of the enemy before the war is over.
Occasionally the Yankee steamers shell our woods at the mouth of County and thence up to Evalsco, but no damage has been done so far save the killing of one mule and the wounding of three others.--The beach is thickly strewn with fragments of their shells for miles.
Brig. Gen. Slaughter
has been made Chief of Staff
to Maj. Gen. Magruder
we have intelligence of an interesting and reliable character.
After the emeute of November 6th in Matamoras
, which left Cortinas
in power, with Serina as nominal Governor, and Ruez, the Governor
, an exile in Brownsville
, the latter proceeded to Juarez
, in San Louis Potozi, and obtained a force of seven hundred men, with which he came back and undertook to regain possession.
A truce was made, and it was agreed that he should resume the reigns, and that Cortinas
should have full pardon on condition of his joining the Juarez Government
against the French
subsequently demanded a share of the public money which had been obtained by his own forced loan from the merchants of Matamoras
Being refused, on the 10th of January a fight ensued, lasting all night, and which resulted in scattering Ruez's forces and driving him out of the country.
At the latest dates, January 17th, all was quiet in Matamoras
, Ruez being in Brownsville
Vidaurri has forbidden Juarez
to pass through Monterey
He gives out that he will oppose the French
, but it is understood by those who ought to know, that he will give in his adhesion on their arrival at Monterey
, and he at once appointed Imperialist Commander
of the Northern
is at Saltillo
are at San Luis Potosi
, and marching on Victoria
Vidaurri has four thousand men under his command at Monterey
Yankee emissaries are stirring up the Mexicans against both the French
Vidaurri will, however, arrange all that when the proper time comes.
In Northern Texas
the wheat crop, which was supposed to be destroyed by the severe cold about the 1st of January, is coming out better than was expected.
Some depredations have been committed by Jayhawkers, but they are being driven out by detachments of cavalry, and rapidly brought either to punishment or pardon, as their cases merit.
and his men are wintering in Northern Texas
They will be heard from in due time.
Preparations for planting are general, and in much of the lower country corn is already in the ground.
But little cotton will be planted.