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Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 2: the cadet. (search)
ent proved that his estimate was more correct than that of his seniors. It was not long before his opponent was under arrest for disgraceful conduct, violated his parole, and was expelled on that account, a short time before he would have graduated. He resorted to the new State of Texas, and professed for a time to engage in the study of law. Not prospering in this, he embarked for California, endeavored to swindle the master of the ship out of his fare, and was summarily thrust ashore at Mazatlan, on the western coast of Mexico, without money or friends. There he wandered into the mountains, and attached himself to a roving tribe of the Tuscon Indians, among whom his skill in savage warfare, robbery, and murder, raised him to a sort of chieftainship, and the possession of half-a-dozen tawny wives. The last intelligence which reached the civilized world concerning him was, that he and his subjects had quarrelled concerning the murder of a poor pedlar, whom he had slain for his ware
ient among the people to raise the force needed from voluntary enlistments. A fight occurred in Fleming County, Ky., between the Fifteenth regiment of Michigan volunteers and a superior force of the rebels, which resulted in the repulse of the latter with a heavy loss. The National casualties were fifteen killed and thirty wounded. Yesterday, in latitude twelve degrees north, longitude thirty degrees, the rebel privateer Florida captured the ship B. F. Hoxie, of Mystic, Ct., from Mazatlan for Falmouth, England, with a cargo of logwood, silver bars and thirty tons of silver ore; the bars were valued at five hundred thousand dollars, and the ore at a similar amount. The bars were conveyed on board the Florida, and the ore was sunk in the ship to-day. Harper's Ferry, Va., was invested by the rebels, while the National troops held Maryland Heights in large force.--the Councils of Baltimore, Md., appropriated four hundred thousand dollars for bounties.--Colonel De Courcey,
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, Chapter 1: early recollections of California. 1846-1848. (search)
navy authorities resolved to employ their time with the capture of Mazatlan and Guaymas. Lower California had already been occupied by two cotc., a translation at which we made some fun. The expedition to Mazatlan was, however, for a different purpose, viz., to get possession of the ports of Mazatlan and Guaymas, as a part of the war against Mexico, and not for permanent conquest. Commodore Shubrick commanded this eon, and took Halleck along as his engineer-officer. They captured Mazatlan and Guaymas, and then called on Colonel Mason to send soldiers dowand had charge of the civil archives. After Halleck's return from Mazatlan, he was, by Colonel Mason, made Secretary of State; and he then haal of a ship at Monterey, with dispatches of great importance from Mazatlan. We accordingly turned our horses back to Sutter's Fort. Crossinreaching Monterey, we found dispatches from Commodore Shubrick, at Mazatlan, which gave almost positive assurance that the war with Mexico was
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Dornin, Thomas Aloysius, 1800-1874 (search)
Dornin, Thomas Aloysius, 1800-1874 Naval officer; born in Ireland about 1800; entered the United States navy in 1815; prevented William Walker's expedition from invading Mexico in 1851; later sailed to Mazatlan and secured the release of forty Americans there held as prisoners; afterwards captured two slavers with more than 1,400 slaves, and took them to Liberia; was promoted commodore and retired during the Civil War. He died in Norfolk, Va., April 22, 1874.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Halleck, Henry wager 1815- (search)
4 was employed on the fortifications in New York Harbor. In 1845 he visited the military establishments of Europe. In the winter of 1845-46 he delivered at the Lowell Institute, Boston, a series of lectures on the science of war, afterwards published in book form with the title of Elements of military art and Science. He served in California and on the Pacific coast during the war with Mexico, in which he distinguished himself. He was on the staff of Commodore Shubrick at the capture of Mazatlan, and was made lieutenant-governor. From Aug. 13, 1847, to Dec. 20, 1849, he was secretary of the province and Territory of California, and had a large share in preparing the State constitution. He left the army in 1854, and began the practice of law in San Francisco. In August, 1861, he was appointed a major-general of the regular army, and succeeded Fremont in command of the Western Department in November. In 1862 he took command of the army before Corinth, and in July of that year he
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Parrott, Enoch Greenleaf 1814-1879 (search)
Parrott, Enoch Greenleaf 1814-1879 Naval officer; born in Portsmouth, N. H., Dec. 10, 1814; entered the navy as midshipman in 1831, and was with Commodore Perry on the coast of Africa in 1843. In the frigate Congress he assisted at the capture of Guaymas and Mazatlan on the Mexican Pacific coast, and in 1861 was made commander. He assisted in the destruction of the war-vessels at Norfolk and the navy-yard opposite, in April, 1861, and was at the capture of the Savannah. In active service on the Atlantic coast from the Chesapeake to Georgia, and on the James River, he was in command of the Monadnock in the two attacks on Fort Fisher, and was at the surrender of Charleston. He became a rear-admiral in 1873; retired in 1874. He died in New York City, May 10, 1879.
Important from Mexico. --A French Blockade.--The Alta Californian, of February 6, has this important paragraph: Advices have been received by the overland mail from Mazatlan, stating that the French man-of- war Seirieuse had strictly blockaded the ports of Mazatlan and San Blas. Two Mexican war schooners, which had been captured by the French vessel, are supposed to be used by the French commander in enforcing the blockade. The sum of $10,000 is demanded in settlement of an old claimMazatlan and San Blas. Two Mexican war schooners, which had been captured by the French vessel, are supposed to be used by the French commander in enforcing the blockade. The sum of $10,000 is demanded in settlement of an old claim, and the letters indicate a determination on the part of the French commander not to raise the siege until the sum is paid. It is supposed the merchants of those ports will have to pay the amount if the Government does not. The house through which we obtain this news supposes that the blockade is detaining a vessel of their own, now considerably over due. This is the only information concerning this movement which we have yet received.
merchandize trains passing between this and San Blas. Late last night Col. Cuerva left here for San Blas, with the view of cutting off the retreat of Losada's forces, but nothing is yet known of his expedition. You are, perhaps, already aware of what occurred in Ahuacatlan, in the past week, where the Indians entered and perpetrated all that has passed in San Pedro de las Lagunillas. Here we are really trembling with fear.--Santiago and Ixtlan are both without defence. They are subject to be invaded by the Lozada Indians at any moment, and no one can say how soon we may be equally exposed. We hope for the best, but the apathy of the Government gives us every reason to fear that this town may be the scene of the same diabolic acts which so recently have been enacted at San Pedro. I can assure you that, unless the Government takes prompt measures to stop the present anarchy, we shall soon, very soon, be without communications either with Guadalajara or Mazatlan.
Ecuador, is, of course, the subject of extended comments, as also of considerable excitement at the capital. Some think a Spanish war is sure to follow. But the more judicious think there will be a general acquiescence in the just right of the new Government to suspend intercourse with persons, though representatives of foreign Governments, who are personally or otherwise obnoxious to them — a right derivable not only from the practice of all Governments, but the Law of Nations. The Mazatlan correspondent of the Extraordinary writes that the French frigate Seriouse had seized, at San Blas, a vessel belonging to the Government of Sinaloa, and had demanded the payment of $10,000, and that the French flag should be saluted by the officers of the port, on account of some insult offered to the Consul. No further particulars are given. The confiscated church property of Guanajuato has been selling out at 25 per cent. cash down, and the balance to be paid in bonds of the interio
Important from Mexico. --A copy of the Mexican Extraordinary, of the 25th of May, has been received: Columns are devoted to the recital of murders, assassinations, and other atrocities, of no uncommon occurrence between Vera Cruz and the capital. Pirates had made their appearance on the lake and canal of Chelco, and were spreading terror in every direction. Revolutionary demonstrations against the new Government had been made in various quarters. Congress had voted one million of dollars to enable the President to put them down. The news from Sonora is of an alarming character. The Indians have risen and descended in great strength upon the districts inhabited by the whites, overpowering the forces of the Government and committing in numerable atrocities. Gov. Vega, of Sinhica, had already started with a force from Mazatlan to aid the whites, who are in such imminent danger of extermination.
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