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which had the honor of being sent forward to ascertain the strength and position of the Mexican forces, and he led the opening charge of the battle. He was afterward made quartermaster and promoted to the rank of major. He and a few picked spies performed valuable service in the capture of the city of Mexico. In 1849, when the gold fever was at its height in California, he went to that region, and was soon chosen sheriff of Sacramento county, while his old comrade, of the Texas Rangers, Jack Hays, became sheriff of San Francisco county, offices in which the two won great renown. He returned to Texas in 1852, and was appointed United States marshal of the eastern district of that State, and was reappointed by President Buchanan. In February, 1861, with the rank of colonel, he was in command of State troops, and obtained the surrender of the Federal posts at San Antonio and elsewhere. Subsequently commissioned brigadier-general, May 14, 1861, in the Confederate service, he was ass
Officers returning home. --The New Orleans Delta, of the 18th inst., says: Col. George Crittenden, late of the United States Army, and one of its most gallant and accomplished officers, arrived in the city yesterday from New Mexico, via Texas. Col. Crittenden resigned from the old concern before leaving New Mexico, despite the tenacity with which his father clung to the Union--From Col. C. we learn that Major Loring was only waiting to be relieved in New Mexico to return to the South, and that some five or six other officers who had resigned were also on their way home. Gen. A. S. Johnson, it is supposed, is with Colonel Jack Hays' party, which started from California some time ago, in the direction of Texas.
but the following named parties (some of whom were in the North Point party arrested last June and subsequently discharged,) were taken into custody: John Clark, Edwin J. Clocker Amos Thompson, Jacob Smith, William Hoffman; Henry W. Ford, William Perry, John Watts, P. J. Swangler,--Ford, John Baldwin, Richard Stmpon, Willtan, Gross, John Coleman, Julius S. Bradford, Herman Stung, Patrick O'Rrten, J. F. Swatnisnec Weaver, Edward H. McCarthy, Jams Russell, John Fitzpatrick, David Some and Jack Hays, twenty-five in number They were all taken to the Eastern Pol Station, where they are at present detaine Interesting from Cairo — movement of the great expedition Southward; Cairo, Jan, 15. --Gen. Grant and staff embarked on the steamer Chancellor this morning, and took the field at Fort Jefferson. Dispatches had been received from the as vance column under Gen. McClernand, saying it is on the march and will camp at Mayfield, Ky., to-night. Camp Beauregard is flear a a
. Francis McLean, late of the Ben McCulloch Rangers, has been tendered the position of Lieutenant Colonel of a regiment commanded by Colonel J. C. Morehead, of Kentucky, a nephew of Governor Morehead, imprisoned for his loyalty to the South in Fort Lafayette. The regiment is of the Army of the West, under Beauregard, and composed of artillery, cavalry and infantry. Captain McLean was an officer in the celebrated Texas Ranger regiment during the Mexican war — a regiment commanded by Col. Jack Hays, Lieut. Col. Ben McCulloch, and Major Chevallie. He is the only surviving person who escaped from the attack made by a large band of guerrillas on a party of Rangers near China, Mexico, known as the Dr. Alsbury massacre, in September, 1846. Captain McLean was, also, with Col. J. C. Morehead, who commanded the forces in several campaigns against the Indians on the line between the Southeastern part of California and the Indian Territory, in the years 1849-50. Gen. McCulloch expressed an
News, dated May 3d, says: Major Harness, from California, is here on his way to Texas, whither he goes to join the Confederate army. Both the Major and Col. Jack Hays, well known in Texas as one of the leaders of our Rangers during the Mexican war, were arrested on the 24th of March last, at the port of San Francisco, where the California Department, and released after having been interrogated about the object of the trip, their intentions, etc. Gen. Wright threatened to confiscate Jack Hays's property, which I believe to have since been sold by Hays, as he is now in Mazatlan. There are nearly five hundred Southern families in Mazatlan, who haveHays, as he is now in Mazatlan. There are nearly five hundred Southern families in Mazatlan, who have fled from California to escape their being insulted and persecuted by the cowardly Yankee caravan who have overrun that State. Many of these families intended to settle on certain lands in Lower California; but as no water can be obtained in that dry region, where it sometimes does not rain for three and even four years, and