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San Patricio (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
camp, and preparing for orders, which we have received to-day. We are to start to-morrow early, with an escort of thirty soldiers and two officers, to make a survey of the river Nueces, which empties itself at this point, from the village of San Patricio, down here, a distance of thirty miles. We expect to be absent about two weeks, and all going in boats. Should the weather be fine I have no doubt we shall have a pleasant expedition, but at present it looks very threatening, and we have had is so soft they become boggy after a few hours, so that traveling, and particularly marching large bodies of men, will be a very difficult operation. It took us some four days to ascend the river, when we arrived at what was once the town of San Patricio, now entirely in ruins and deserted. This place was settled by almost three hundred Irish emigrants, under the protection of the Mexican Government; but, during the war that devastated this country, it was a prey to both parties, and now ther
Reinosa (Spain) (search for this): chapter 2
s on the river between this and Mier, namely, Reinosa and Camargo, will have to be occupied and garto commence our march up the river and occupy Reinosa and the Camargo. This latter place will be m wounded men, and two pieces of artillery, to Reinosa, a little town on the river, about sixty mileos, who are said to be in the neighborhood of Reinosa, plundering their own people. A few days ago a deputation of the principal citizens of Reinosa waited on the General to ask his protection, ina the river perfectly navigable all the way to Reinosa, and cultivated for nearly the whole distanced laugh and make themselves most merry. In Reinosa I was much disappointed. It is a small place, a point on the river some forty miles above Reinosa, and about one hundred by land from this plac and I therefore dislike to see it put off. Reinosa, August 10, 1846. We arrived here to-day oargo is a small place, but little larger than Reinosa, containing, I should suppose, some three tho[1 more...]
Texas (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
t there would be no trouble there (that is, in Texas), and that the Colonel would recall me as soonre a young officer of our corps, on his way to Texas, whom I find by the books at the hotels is jus disease, or there being any in it. Parts of Texas and Mexico covering the seat of the War. Command of the army destined to operate against Texas), has declared against the existing governmentaking grand preparations on paper to reconquer Texas. But all this is believed to be palaver, unlehas sent for reinforcements to the interior of Texas, and to New Orleans, and we hope to have them volunteers have all arrived, except those from Texas, who are coming in daily; but they are not allountry, and in his wanderings found his way to Texas, and came here to see the fighting. He is aboalley. It is without doubt the finest part of Texas (if it belong to Texas!) that I have seen and olunteer, and above all volunteers, those from Texas are the most outrageous, for they come here wi[10 more...]
Chihuahua (Chihuahua, Mexico) (search for this): chapter 2
f General Wool, and they are to march from San Antonio to Chihuahua, a large town of fourteen thousand inhabitants, on the hif Mexico to Santa Fe, so that the occupation of Monterey, Chihuahua and Santa Fe will give us actual possession of the whole n second of my corps, and without doubt the expedition to Chihuahua will be agreeable, as it is represented as being one of the fighting if any more is to be done. The expedition to Chihuahua will doubtless be effected without opposition from the Meo to this place. Then, with General Wool at Monclova and Chihuahua, and General Kearney at Santa Fe and in California, we shrced by General Wool and his command, whose expedition to Chihuahua (another affair of the Aulic Councils) has proved an utter failure, as he finds he cannot get to Chihuahua without first going to Saltillo, and then has some six hundred miles to go back to reach Chihuahua, and no enemy but distance to encounter. So General Taylor, who has abstained from any interference
Hughes (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
Morelos, numbering five hundred men, and at Victoria he will be joined by General Patterson, from principal points, leaving a large garrison at Victoria, which, with the one at Tampico, will make a nd it was General Taylor's plan to go down to Victoria, examine all the mountain passes and the commhe sea; then, after leaving the volunteers at Victoria, he was to return to Saltillo. We all were anderstanding that General Taylor was going to Victoria, and hoping by rapid marches to surprise Wortch goes to Victoria with General Quitman. At Victoria, General Quitman will be joined by General Pad men, who will take command of the line from Victoria to Tampico. General Taylor will push on to S But I will write to you by every chance. Victoria, Mexico, December 30, 1846. We reached the; he has lost all the honor of the taking of Victoria by being behind. I am in perfect health, a, and that I have been happy for six years. Victoria, Mexico, January 7, 1847. A few days after[7 more...]
Louisiana (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
nd men, and any number of militia in the States of Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and others, only waiting fe and organize the large volunteer force sent from Louisiana and Texas, which, when it all gets here, will swelo mutiny at their legitimate duty. Gentlemen from Louisiana, owning plantations and negroes, came here as commthe town. The volunteers continue to pour in from Louisiana, which State has really exerted herself most handsee from the Legislature, to give him the thanks of Louisiana, and present him with a sword. The old General re of the compliment paid them by the Legislature of Louisiana and citizens of New Orleans, got them up a dinner n he was told a delegation from the Legislature of Louisiana had arrived to deliver to him a sword, observed hen for his forward movement—namely, the troops from Louisiana, Texas, St. Louis and Louisville—taken at once frohundred men on board—a regiment of volunteers from Louisiana, who had served their three months, and declined r<
North Carolina (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
ylor, with whom he remained closeted for some hours, and is now on his way to Washington. It is supposed his mission has some connection with Santa Anna, but upon this point he is silent. He, however, makes public the intelligence that California has declared itself independent of Mexico, and thrown herself upon the protection of the United States. This is but the first move in the game I have long since anticipated. We learn, moreover, that a regiment of infantry is to go out in the North Carolina (74) to California, other troops having preceded them. We are then to have California at all hazards, and Mexico, I am sure, will never yield this point until she is forced so to do. I look, then, for a long war—at least for no speedy adjustment of our difficulties, unless England should advise Mexico to yield to our requirements. By the blessing of God I continue in excellent health, and trust this will be continued. The army is in excellent health, considering its exposure and the
Maine (Maine, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
pon our expedition, and I was much exposed. Upon two separate occasions my tent was blown over my head, and I wet through and through. Indeed, I returned much the worse for my exposure, having become quite bilious and slightly jaundiced. The weather has been extremely cold, and the high winds that constantly prevail here prevent you from getting your tent comfortable. Indeed in all my experience of field service, I have never been so comfortless as now. I feel the cold here more than in Maine, because there we had no wind, and plenty of fuel, and could encamp in the woods. Here it is all open beach, where the wind sweeps in gales, day and night, and there is barely wood sufficient for cooking purposes, to be procured. It is a fine climate in summer, when the wind tempers the burning rays of the sun, but now, when the winds are from the north, and cutting cold, it is the most disagreeable and trying I was ever in. I shall consider myself lucky if I can get out of it without rheu
Guadalajara (Jalisco, Mexico) (search for this): chapter 2
ccupy the town, as part of a conquered country, and in consequence should expect from them supplies of various kinds, for all of which prompt payment in cash, at fair prices, would be made, and the whole town turned out and brought us grass, wood, corn, flour, and everything that was asked for, cheerfully. We found here, in the possession of the Alcalde, a paper from the City of Mexico of the 6th of August, making known that the revolution, which had broken out two months previously at Guadalajara, had extended to the city itself, and on that day the troops of the garrison had declared for Santa Anna, and Paredes was no longer in power. Santa Anna will, of course, return now, but what his course will be is as yet in doubt. My impression is that either he will at once propose terms and make peace, or he will set himself energetically to work to prosecute the war; and as he is the master-spirit of this country, far beyond all others in talent and resources, should he adopt the latt
San Luis Potosi (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) (search for this): chapter 2
who left the city of Mexico the middle of January, and who had not reached San Luis Potosi, half of the distance, by the last accounts, though five weeks had elapsedthough it was reported Ampudia, with three thousand men, was marching from San Luis Potosi, and would be in Monterey in the course of four or five days. Should this ns and Vera Cruz that a counter-revolution against Santa Anna commenced at San Luis Potosi; but here they say it was a trifling affair and soon put down. But the rules from here), for, from that point, it is two hundred and fifty miles to San Luis Potosi, over a barren country, with no permanent supplies of water, only tanks anhe interior. At the same time twenty-five hundred men should advance from San Luis Potosi towards the same point, and some twenty-five hundred men are required to her looking around and having the country reconnoitered in the direction of San Luis Potosi, he will return here, and go down to Tampico (by the road of Linares and V
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