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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 2: birth.-career as officer of Engineers, United States army. (search)
usand men, near Fort Brown, Taylor, being in the vicinity, promptly attacked with two thousand men and defeated him, assumed the offensive, crossed the Rio Grande, and war with Mexico became an accomplished fact. Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, Matamoras, Monterey, and Buena Vista are the stars in the military crown on the brow of Old rough and ready, as he was called. Calm, silent. stern, possessed of military genius, this soldier at once became a favorite with the American people, and for onal staff. This officer, when Scott was assembling the army at Tampico, for the purpose of investing and capturing Vera Cruz, was with General Wool, who had been assigned the duty of invading Mexico from the north, while Taylor advanced from Matamoras, and General Kearny from New Mexico. In a letter to Mrs. Lee, dated Rio Grande, October 11, 1846, Captain Lee says: We have met with no resistance yet. The Mexicans who were guarding the passage retired on our approach. There has been a gr
ued an order organizing the National Guard of the State.--the Fifty-sixth and Fifth regiments of New York militia, left home for Harrisburgh, Pa.--the ship Conrad, was captured by the privateer Alabama. A detachment of Jenkins's rebel force on their retreat from Chambersburgh, entered McConnellsburgh, Pa., surprising the citizens and capturing a large number of horses and cattle, besides helping themselves to such provisions and wearing apparel as they could find in the stores. After thoroughly rifling the town, they left, taking the road to Hancock, Maryland.--the brig Isabella Thompson, having on board a cargo of turpentine and cotton, was captured by the Union gunboat United States, commanded by R. W. Mead, Jr.--the British schooner Glenn, of Yarmouth, N. S., from Matamoras for Nassau, being six hundred miles out of her course, was overhauled by the National steamer Cumbria, and her papers not being satisfactory, a prize crew was put on board, and she was ordered to New York.
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 11: the Montgomery Convention.--treason of General Twiggs.--Lincoln and Buchanan at the Capital. (search)
self at once entangled in most serious embarrassments. In violation of the terms of Twiggs's treaty for surrender, adequate means of transportation for the troops in the interior were withheld; and officers born in Slave-labor States, such as Lieutenant Thornton Washington, Major Larkin Smith, and others, in whom he confided, betrayed their trusts in a most shameful manner, and joined the insurgents. Captain Hill, who commanded Fort Brown, on the Rio Grande, opposite Fort Brown. Matamoras, refused to obey the order of Twiggs to evacuate it, and prepared to defend it. He soon found that he could not hold it with the small force under his command, and he was compelled to yield. The troops along the line of the Rio Grande soon left the country, but those in the interior, who made their way slowly toward the coast, became involved in great difficulties. Toward the middle of April, Major Earle Van Dorn, who was a favorite in the army of that department, appeared in Texas wit
in such force as to make certain the occupation of Houston or Galveston. From this point I intended to withdraw my troops to the Island of Galveston, which could have been held with perfect security by less than a thousand men, which would have left me free to resume my operations, suggested in August and September, against Mobile. The Rio Grande and the Island of Galveston could have been held with two or three thousand men. This would have cut off the contraband trade of the enemy at Matamoras, and on the Texan coast. The forces occupying the Island of Galveston could have been strengthened by sea, at any moment, from Berwick's Bay, connecting with New Orleans by railway, or by the river, compelling the enemy to maintain an army near Houston, and preventing his concentrating his forces for the invasion of Louisiana, Arkansas, or Missouri. The occupation of the Rio Grande, Galveston, and Mobile would have led to the capture or destruction of all the enemy's river and sea transp
George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade), chapter 2 (search)
warned off two vessels laden with flour for Matamoras. This will make my gentlemen open their eyein knowledge met the eye of the commander at Matamoras. But, notwithstanding his order, he was metd parties, and at this moment they detain in Matamoras, as a prisoner of war, an individual who, voed in health and appearance. camp opposite Matamoras, April 26, 1846. I have a few moments to position of the army of occupation opposite Matamoras (Fac-Simile of the original. See page 74) I sent you a sketch of our position opposite Matamoras, with the fort, or rather field-work which wylor some twentyfour hundred men to march to Matamoras with. Our only inferiority (except in numbettle, about two miles from our camp opposite Matamoras, May 9, 1846. Give thanks for my having phen I return to Philadelphia. I want to see Matamoras taken, our steamboats established on the rivt letter was written after the occupation of Matamoras, which was most peaceably effected, General [23 more...]
From Texas. Galveston, April 11. --It is reported that Federal troops have been left in Texas, with the view of concentrating at some given point. The steamers Star of the West and Empire City are still off Indianola. The Mexicans at Matamoras have planted cannon pointing towards Brownsville. The Texas Legislature has passed a bill dividing the State into six Congressional districts. Also, a bill for the issue of State bonds to the amount of $1,000,000, to be raised by a special tax.
e from Rio Grande City, was overtaken by an express and requested to return to Fort McIntosh, and repel the invaders. It is said he halted to await orders from Colonel Ford, not knowing where he would be the most needed. Six recruits from Matamoras, whilst enroute to join Cortina, were arrested at or near Camargo, and having been sent back were lodged in jail. I seems a little surprising that a force could organize in Mexico and obtain such formidable dimensions as have been reported, without the same coming to the knowledge of the Mexican authorities at an earlier day; but such early appears to be the case; for, so far as we know, the functionaries of Matamoras — of the whole line of the Bravo, in fact — have acted in good faith. We have not learned what order, if any, Col. Foid has given to Capt. Nolan under the circumstances, but we do know that Cortina will find to his sorrow that much-talked-of Ford a little the worst crossing he ever tried. Since the above
The Daily Dispatch: September 20, 1861., [Electronic resource], An English officer killed by an elephant. (search)
United States movements in the Southwest. --The San Antonio (Texas) Ledger, learns from the Noticiose of Matamoras, of the arrival of an American schooner, which brought as passengers two officers of the U. S. Army, who forthwith proceeded to make a reconnaissance of the country lying along the Rio Grande. The Houston Telegraph, commenting on this, warns the people to prepare themselves for the approach of the invading foe, and believes it is the intention of the Lincoln Government to make an inroad upon them, with a view of immediately conquering all Texas west of San Antonio, and embracing the county of Gillespie and thence West and North. They will land on the Southern coast and Mexico, and throw separate columns upon the country. The reconnaissance of the Rio Grande by the enemy is a significant movement in connection with the apparent well established statement that Corwin, the United States Minister, has effected a treaty with Mexico, by which the privilege is c
Sult. A correspondent makes various suggestions in regard to procuring an ample supply of salt for the use of the Confederate States, all of which have been frequently presented to the public exceptions, which is that an agent be sent to Matamoras, Mexico, to procure and send it over the Rio Grande to Brownsville. By the same plan, he thinks, leather and coffee could be obtained.
lt. The report was in circulation, and very generally credited yesterday, that General Gaud lupe Garcia, who left Matamoras last week to crush out the faction under Caravajal has thought better of it, and is falling back on Matamoras, where hiMatamoras, where his friends are in doubt about their own security. It is apprehended in Matamoras that the city will fall an easy victim to the forces now advancing upon it, under General Caravajal. The National Guard is thoroughly demoralized, and many are desMatamoras that the city will fall an easy victim to the forces now advancing upon it, under General Caravajal. The National Guard is thoroughly demoralized, and many are deserting to Brownsville, from whence they proceed to join Caravajal. Commandante Pena, editor of the oticipsc. has raised a brigade, and is now approaching the city of Matsmoras, in charge of a large conductas of $180,000, which the merchants of Matamoras started to Tampico, but which Governor Serna refused to let pass, as Tampico is in rebellion. We understand that Commandants Capistran is anxious to obtain, and has casually solicited, assistance from the military authorities on the T
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