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y to which I was attached was quartered at Fort Duncan, a military post on the Rio Grande opposite the little town of Piedras Negras, on the boundary line between the United States and the Republic of Mexico. After the usual leave of three monthserers. That night, in company with Lieutenant Thomas G. Williams, I crossed over the river to the Mexican village of Piedras Negras, and on going to a house where a large baille, or dance, was going on we found among those present two of the Indianse quite a number of young officers at the post during the winter, and as our relations with the Mexican commandant at Piedras Negras were most amicable, we were often invited to dances at his house. He and his hospitable wife and daughter drummed up the female portion of the elite of Piedras Negras and provided the house, which was the official as well as the personal residence of the commandant, while we — the young officers — furnished the music and such sweetmeats, candies, &c., for the bail
what virtue there might be in a hostile demonstration, and selected the upper Rio Grande for the scene of my attempt. Merritt's cavalry and the Fourth Corps still being at San Antonio, I went to that place and reviewed these troops, and having prepared them with some ostentation for a campaign, of course it was bruited about that we were going to invade Mexico. Then, escorted by a regiment of horse I proceeded hastily to Fort Duncan, on the Rio Grande just opposite the Mexican town of Piedras Negras. Here I opened communication with President Juarez, through one of his staff, taking care not to do this in the dark, and the news, spreading like wildfire, the greatest significance was ascribed to my action, it being reported most positively and with many specific details that I was only awaiting the arrival of the troops, then under marching orders at San Antonio, to cross the Rio Grande in behalf of the Liberal cause. Ample corroboration of the reports then circulated was found
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 28. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Confederate treaty. (search)
and opened a recruiting office for the Federals in Piedras Negras, Mexico, and, that it was the headquarters for the organiztle and horses, over 5,000 head, but a few miles above Piedras Negras, in charge of a band of thieves, too strong for them tundred bales of Confederate cotton, and that he was in Piedras Negras, and it would be a feather in my cap if I were able tont Mexican scout and guide. I ordered him to go on to Piedras Negras and ascertain if Pless was there. He soon reported to On receipt of my refusal the commanding officer at Piedras Negras organized a blockade of the port; arrested all Americans that happened to be in Piedras Negras at that time, a few of my soldiers being among the number; sent out for reinforcemedeliver to me the stolen stock, then a few miles above Piedras Negras, I would cross the river with my troops and take the t letter that he was advised that the murderers were in Piedras Negras, and requested me to demand their surrender under the