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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 17. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Memoir of Gen. C. R. Wheat, commander of the Louisiana Tiger Battalion (search)
t, he was blown from the hurricane deck into the river, but so entirely without injury that he swam to the shore with ease, taking a wounded man with him. When Alvarez pronounced against Santa Anna and the church party in Mexico, Colonel Wheat accepted a command in the patriot army. As general of the artillery brigade, when AlvAlvarez became President, he received permanent rank and pay under his administration, with official commendation and thanks for his services. When afterwards, by reason of age and its infirmities, Alvarez resigned the presidency and retired to his hacienda, at his earnest solicitation, General Wheat went with him. The old hero woulAlvarez resigned the presidency and retired to his hacienda, at his earnest solicitation, General Wheat went with him. The old hero would fain have persuaded him to remain there for the rest of his life as his adopted son. But being now in the fullest flush of a matured manhood, he could not be content with a life of inglorious ease; and as the world was just then beginning to resound with the name and exploits of Garibaldi, General Wheat determined to gratify a lo
of the unsuspecting natives, were sufficient to inflame the coldest imagination, and excited the enterprise of Cortes. The voyage did not reach beyond the bounds of Mexico. At that time Francisco de Garay, a companion of Columbus on his second voyage, and now famed for his opulence, was the governor of Jamaica. In the year 1519, after having heard of the richness and 1519. beauty of Yucatan, he at his own charge sent four ships well equipped, and with good pilots, under the command of Alvarez Alonso de Pineda. His professed object was the search for some strait, west of Florida, which was not yet certainly known to form a part of the continent. The strait having been sought for in vain, his ships turned towards the west, attentively examining the ports, rivers, inhabitants, and every thing else that seemed worthy of remark; and especially noticing the vast volume of wafer brought down by one very large river, till at last they came upon the track of Cortes near Vera Cruz. Bet
From Mexico. New York Jan. 25. --The steamer Ariel has arrived from Aspinwall. She brings Mexican advices. Gen. Woll, a Miramonist fugitive, had reached San Blas. Gen. Weller, U. S. Minister, had arrived at Acapulco. Gen. Alvarez tendered him an escort to the city of Mexico.
aiting for connections, and the President went straight through the whole distance. Gen. Scott, who has been for sometime at West Point, was telegraphed to for the purpose of meeting and receiving the President; and, notwithstanding his disabilities, he, in accordance with his characteristic military punctuality, was on the spot and met the Commander-in-Chief immediately on his arrival. Reported Capitulation of the French army in Mexico. San Francisco, June 20. --A letter received in this city, from Governor Alvarez, of Guerrea, Mexico, states that, on the 26th of May, he received news from the city of Mexico, that the French army had capitulated. The entire Union ticket was elected by nearly three thousand majority, making the relative vote about two to one for the Union. Addison C. Gibbs, the Governor elected, is a Douglas Democrat, who emigrated to Oregon from Central New York, John McBride, elected a member of Congress, is a Republican, formerly of Missouri.
ts bearings, and the latter may be at once explained by the simple process of the military upon the people of Delaware at the election in that State we cannot pronounce the suspicious which more recent events have awakened to be utterly unreasonable. Important from Mexico — French Reinforcements, 10,000 strong expected at Acapulco — all the Mexican Ports to be Garrisoned 7,000 French troops reported to be Marching on Matamoros. Advices from the City of Mexico are to June 25th. Gen. Alvarez, from whom accounts are received to the 30th inst., was expecting the arrival at Acapulco of the French fleet, with 10,000 soldiers. This force is to come from the Gulf of Mexico across Tehuantepec, and from Acapulco will be dispatched for garrisons for all the Mexican Pacific port. A letter, dated Matamoras, June 16th; says: There is a rumor here that seven thousand French soldiers are on the way here from Vera Cruz. It needs confirmation. If true, the authorities will endeavor