The defeat of Cortina's Band.
correspondent of the Corpus Christi Ranchero
furnishes the annexed particulars of the defeat of Cortina's band, which has been already noticed by telegraph:
On the 22d May, a company of Mexicans from Texas
, attached to Col. Ford
's force, and under immediate command of Capt. Behavides
, with forty men of his company, attacked Cortina, who was encamped about one mile and a half from Redmond
's rancho, with about seventy men, and completely round him — killing seven of his men and wounding several, and dispersing the place; he got a great many horses, saddles, guns, &c.
Cortina passed on the 20th, about nine miles below, and had Capt. Benavides
completely hemmed up in Redmond's house, hoping to starve him out, and firing on him from time to time.
One of Benavides
' men volunteered to take an express through the enemy at Laredo
, and Lieut. Callaghan
started from there at 8 o'clock P. M., and arrived here at 9 o'clock next morning, riding sixty-five miles in thirteen hours, accompanied by Don Bacilto Benavides
and several citizens of Laredo
With twenty men of the company he met, about two miles from here, Cortina's advanced guard, but ran through them, completely dispersing them; they having left their horses, saddles, and a great many of them left their guns.
In five minutes after arriving, they, with Capt. Benavides
, went out to attack Cortina, and the above was the result.
Cortina escaped with about ten men into Mexico
, and never stopped until he got about 12 miles beyond Guerrero
It was a short, but brilliant fight, and one for which Capt. Benavides
' company deserves a great deal of credit.--Cortina, it not attacked so promptly, in a few days would give as much trouble, and cost the State
an much as he did last year, as nearly all the inhabitants of Zapata county
and a great many persons of Guerrero
were with Certina, and holding him with '76.