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ted heavy guns, as if they evidently expected to fight somebody besides Confederates there. The Yankees have enlisted about a thousand Mexicans since they have been on the Rio Grande; most of them have enlisted with the hope of booty. On the 23d ult., about 200 of them attacked King's Ranche and ransacked the place, carrying off the records of the county, which had been taken there for safety. The present Yankee force at Brownsville is about 5,000. They have also about 7,000 men at Indianola, to which point the force on Matagorda peninsula has mostly been removed. They have visited Lavacca once and remained there a few hours. The only damage they did was to gut the house of Capt. D. Bradbury. They seem to have abandoned the "on to Houston" by way of the beach, and now threaten to move on San Antonio. The Lavacca and Victoria Railroad has been destroyed by Gen. Magruder. Hon. Solon Borland, of Ark., died near this city a few days since. Gen. Whitefield left he
From Texas and Mexico. Houston, Feb. 11. --Military movements on our coast do not appear to progress with much spirit. The Yankees have done nothing worth speaking of for a month past.--They hold possession at Indianola, at Deckrow's Point, the end of Matagords Peninsula, at Saluria, at Aransas Pass, and at Brownsville. Their entire force at these places is variously estimated at from seven to twenty thousand. It is probable that the smaller number is nearest the truth. Indeed, it is doubtful if they have 9,000 men, including Mexicans and negroes. They have offered the oath to no one except in the town of Indianola, and there they found not one in a dozen who would take it, and they old men and boys, of whom it is said some took it, but the majority spurned the proposition. The Yankees have been as conciliatory as their nature would allow, and no property has been destroyed except that of one or two absent rebels, who will get the worth of it out of the enemy before t
The Federal expedition in Texas. --The Yankee invasion of Texas seems to have resulted in no good to them, and with the usual disappointment to the few Unionists who had welcomed them. They attempted to evacuate Indianola on the 9th ult., but a heavy north wind interfered within it, and two transports — the Planter and Warrior — were blown ashore. The N. O. Delta says: With the troops several Union families, principally Germans, left, taking with them in same instances the lumber of their tenements. As they had taken the oath of allegiance with the expectation that the army would remain, their being forced to leave their comfortable homes was a great hard ship. Gens. McClernand and Dana did all they could to relieve them, as did also Capts. Corsuch and McComas. The troops under Gen. Fitz Henry Warren took the land route, crossing the bayous by pontoon ferries. In doing so twenty-two men and two officers of the 69th Indiana, Lieut. Col. Perry, commanding, two men of t
he requisites for turning out an immense fortune; but in a few short hours he was left as desolate and bare as was its former owner, for lot he was visited with a few chosen "graybacks," and not the least article of value escaped their avenging hands. The name of the unfortunate correspondent is Nathaniel Page. From Texas we hear of nothing but evacuation by the troops and complaints and grumbling from the Unionists, who dare not stay behind when the Federal power is withdrawn. From Indianola the complaints are very loud. It seems that a large number of Germans at that place committed themselves to the protection of the Union army, and when the army moved they were bound to take all the Germans along. At some places very small negro garrisons have been left to look after Uncle Sam's interests. The small pox is said to be making sad havoc with the soldiers at Brownsville. That town and surrounding country is ravaged by this disease almost every year, and often, throughou
eral Court at Brownsville and Corpus Christi, and the work of confiscation has commenced. The bulk of the Yankee force has been withdrawn from the coast to Louisiana, leaving about four or five thousand men for garrison duty and offensive operations.--They profess an intention of marching on San Antonio and Houston. A Yankee force of three hundred attacked Loreda on the 19th, and were signally repulsed by Col. Benairdo with a force of less than one hundred. The Yankees evacuated Indianola on the 13th. They are still in force at Fort Esperance. Messrs. Peebles, Baldwin, and Senlac, who have been for some time under military arrest for treasonable designs, applied for a discharge to the Supreme Court on a writ of habeas corpus. It was not contested, and they were discharged, only to be re-arrested under the new law suspending the privilege of that writ. The cold weather has made the crops in Texas somewhat backward, and rendered the prospect less flattering than la
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