Newspaper of The New York Herald, May 31, 1846, Page 1

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated May 31, 1846 Page 1
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THE NEW YORK HERALD. Vol. XXI, Ho. ISO?WhoU Mo. UT3. NEW YORK, SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 31, 1846. Prtw Two Coats. TUB LATEST NEWS TELEGRAPH ATD TUB MAILS. BI9SLT IMPOP.TAiTT ' FROM TUB SEAT OF WAR. I TBS OAPTVU Or THE MEXICAN TOWN OF BURITA. BY TUB RBQVURI AND VOLUHTEKRI. RETREAT OF THE MEXICANS. THB SUPPOSED EVACUATION OP MATAMORA8. OPINIONS IN CANADA. dee. dM. dte. The Magnetic Telegraph of yesterday morning reports the following important intelligence * The (team ship Alabama, arrived at New Orleans en the Z2d instant, in forty-five nours from Brneo. de Santiago. She sailed thence on Tuesday, the 19th inst., at ft o'clock, P. M. Official intelligence had reached Point Isabel, of the capture of the Mexican town ef Bnrita, without opposition, by Col. Wilson, ^ith four companies of regulars and three companies of Alabama and Louisiana volunteers. It appears that General Taylor was to cross the Rio Grande on Monday, the 18th instant, and invest Matamoras. Two thousand Mexican troops had been seen te march out of that "eity, and as no cannonading had been heard at Point Isabel, It was supposed that the Mexicans had eva cuated the place, and allowed General Taylor to take quiet possession of the houses and squares. I It is said that General Smith and his troop* had j commenced their march te the Island of Booa Chics, to eross the Rio Grande at its mouth, and j thence advanee up Vhe river, on the Mexican side, to form a junctie^ probably with General Tay lor's forces as 'jiey cross opposite Matamoras. It is the report of Capt Windle, that the Mexican are in a starving condition. | Sea, with volunteers, had arrived at jfoint Isabel, and the commands at Cols. O Neils, Marks, and Waltons, were therefore complete. Officers and men were all well and in excellent spirits. The officers and men wounded in the recent battles were doing well. Qiicmlal Correspondence of the Herald. Foist Icabsl, May I?. IMS Ob the 17th, Lieut Cel. Wilsea, 1st laltatry. with fear companies of that reglmeat. Col. Doha's Mob?.?olun teersjsnd two eompenlee Washiagtoa Regiment Loulsi an. TOlaatssrs. amounting la all to 400 mea. eiMsed ths Rio Oraads, at its mouth, by assistance of the U- 8 iteuMi Neva, Captrrederick.whlch had been despatch by that todefctlg^s officer of the Qaarter Maste* De partment, Msjor Charles Thaws, who was preseat with SSTtaat Quarter Msster, Cept M. ?.Miller, k?Tia? p.?; ,d dowaby the bear h from Bresos de marched by the detachment the day prev?o?m. The de tachment had arrived the dsy pietlces st the river.e* pec ting to Mat a deteehmeat ef tellers aad manna, from the equndroa which l*y s f?w miles off the ** was disappointed. aadhadt. remain aaUl reliered by the timely .rritd of the steamer Immedistely after crossing they tooh up their liae of msreh for I-a Bunta, eight mile above, supported by the steamer. with a detschmenl and field piece on board, and landed ssfely near eaa^own Thus wss the first landing on ths right banh of the Rio '' Veitrrday, Oca Taylor wes to have made hie cross jng four mlhM sbovs Mstsmoras. whloh we SLud without oppo?Uo.. ss bat three ? heard earlv lathe ^ zssz'iifi ~ i ver that their rout on the ?th wss complete, and their loes'aiueh gre.Ur than erflmet* . ?^roteiaa ths river-Oeneiek Arista sad Amjo dia taking the load la the fiig*, stripping off their elothas r^s through the eheparral, - ? bank la their shirts oaly, streaming In tatters to wind, plunged la and were emoagst the tost They were completely panic stricken-one ,UBch*"' " entering the ri?er, oa horsebeek. was besought by a SSJIte ssts him, a. he coald aot swim ; ho wes per mltted to setae hold of the horse * tall, sad wes thus oer SUST- dragged ? ?? the opposite beak, his belly makiag a farrow ia the earth?-and he eentlaalng to sereess " Oh, seve me . ?are see from drowalng !" Volunteers are pouriag la from few Orleeas and lag up their Une of march for the lUe Otande. Tk* long j*?-* eccoaats of T.u. and Arnica. ?rder. are goon *o be settled. Mexieea authority .north of fee moae tains Sierra Medre, will soon be eloeed. sad you wU| bear of as la Matamoras, Moaterey, Beltlllo. L? | L rotosl. 8oao?. Malr. sad all the <~?atry ? ami this portion U destined to be snother Slate of the gloriens Uitfoe, with California sad New Mealce If any thing la the sbese will eosdoce to the JZU, SV?r W,, ??"<?? me uL.0 sufficient, yet 1 hsrs the beri oppor tnnltles of gaining information, which 1 cheerfully com tributotemy aeilv. BtaU threagh year my letter coataiaing nup. *> .<*?? ^ " the information contained in it Is mere then confirmed nnr loss less thsn estimated, and the enemy's groster. All the officers of srtfllsry sad infsntry, with those of the dreaoens under Captain May. disUagnlshed them uiati. Duncan commamdiag th? two companies of light ertillery. partieal.rly, did great Ywri, the 8th, was cog5 ^ 0,t of fa wounded, lyve on both ?>des- ^ Major Ringgold, a hoet since died, ^\f^e wounded,but one, wore within^ n(1 g^ot?? requited anspntauons, ^d?they1^? "J {?0"^^ whieh the enemy were The battle of the . ,he battle of Rio completely P^'^th'e enemy from the north Gotnde, a* j^er^nd gave General Taylor the bank of ^ mIBan<l of its passage conipkte oom?*n 1 IIOW weertained to The loss *?h(in i.WO k.Uwl, wounded, and amount to field pieces ; several hundred missing, beeid an m,mense quantity of am Ql yfll P| wss I uuninon and ?^*i3th. Gen. Taylor visited Fort On die ltth n#uUed wiU? (kmimodore Con Polk, where he lrom the batte ner, wl?o lande" A joint plan of co-opern ries, for thnt pW, up0n, hetw.-t-n the nrmy and uon was determ?n h? rten. Taylor returned to the fleet. On the 'j^^oros, with 700 men, hn fort, 'oppo?,t*0^B nnd mules eaotnred from mounted on the ^. ..u of Rto Grande. Uic ?nemyat?heba?le0Bn Taylor cr^ed the Yesterday, the force?about 2,400 men? gjaflmnde, with five mil** abovo Matn moras, and took up his jk> s.tiori. where ha will uutronch o.i the rouu leading from Mataiuorns 10 llui city of Mexico. Uo will thus out otf tho communication between the anuy and the capital. Yesterday, the tieet, com posed of tli? frieates Cumberland. Karitan, Poto mao, steam frigate Mississippi, s1oo{j St. Mary's, brigs Homers and Lawrence, left their anchor-we off Point I?nL>ol, and came to.fourteen miles to the southard, off tho mouth of Rio Grande, from which place I now address you. Yesturday, 1600 men, mostly volunteers, just arrived from the North, marched front Fort Polk (Pu.nt Isabel) to the nearest point of tho river; last evening, 600 men also, from Fort Polk, arrived on the north bank of the river, at its mouth. They were bur u few miles from tho ships, and their camp tires were burning all night. At prusant, it is storming?so won as it abates. 800 men, from the squadron, will jorn them ; and with our boats, and two steamers, transfer them to the Mexican side of the river, when the joint forces will march on, and invest M atamoras. I send you a map of the river, [this is not yet engraved,] extending forty miles, and embracing all the operations, which your readers will eusily understand. While I am writing, cannonading is heard, very distant, up the river. We take it to be the eneiuy attacking the new position of Gan. Taylor. He is ready for them, without any regard to their nambers. He told me that, in the two battles just fought, he found some of their troops batter, others much worse, than ha had anticipated. Their artillery, he said, ws excellent, and well served. Their cavalry is numerous, but misera ble. Their whole oavalry foroa made a chargo upon the 6th Infantry, but were cut to pieces. By to-morrow night our troops will bo on the east, west and north sides of Matamora??and you may daily expect to hear of its fall. The squadron is healthy, and we are all in excellent spirits. N*w Orleans, May 22d, 1846. ) Morning, at 10 o'clock. $ Tho steam ship Alabama arrived this morning, bringing much later new# from our army, having beuu but ferty-fivo hours on her passage. The news is very important, a* it appears to be be yond doubt that Matamoras has been taken with out auy opposition. It is reported that this morning's mail brings news from "Washington of authority to General Gaines to muster nil the regiments into service. I hope it is so, as troop* willne pouring down upon us with a rush. The steamboat Sea will probably be in in the night, with news of the taking of Ma tamoras. The celebrated sheet iron band are ordered to meet at the Rose House at nine o'clock this even ing, to give ene grand serenade to Ben Story. Correct description of the two Battl et, by an Bye Witness. The following excellent letter, was written by Lientenant A. Lowery, of the 2d dragoons, who was gallantly engaged ia the brilliant battles of the 8th and 9th insts. It was written to a lriond in this city. Camp nxab Matamobas, > May 14,1846. J Doubtless, long before this reaches you, yju will have seen accounts of tho two pitchod bat tles. fought by our little army with the Mexicans; in the first of whieh we defeated, and in the so second, totally annihilated their "division of the north," capturing all their guns, colors, standards, drums, arms and ammunition, and making priso ners, ene general, and nineteen other officers, and about 400 men. I have availed myself of the first opportunity of writing te you. An express went on yesterday, but I was out with my squadron in soaroh of prisoners, as was the case on the two preceding days. ? I wrote you last from Point Isabel, on the 6th inst., in which I mentioned that we should set out for this place at 3 P. M. that day. We started ac cordingly, and encamped at dusk 7 miles on the roacLwithout anything of interest oeourring. We had 170 wagons in the train, and luckily two 18 pounders which were being taken up, to complete the battery at this place?we had also tour twelve pounders, but being mounted on truck carriages, were earned in wagons, and were not used in either action. The eighteen pounders were in addition to Duncan's and Ringgold's bat teries of four guns each. The next day we started at the usual hour, six I o'clock. 1 was in command of my company, ex tended as flankers on the left of tho celuinn, with orders to cover the whole army, and train from , head to rear, keeping about 1200 yards from the line of march. H was from this siuo that the ?n* my was looked for, and I was therefore directed I to head the videttes, and make hourly reports to | Genoral Taylor. About twelve M., having arrived within four milos ot the chaparral woods, whicli | extend to the Rio Grande, I disrovered, about ! two aiiles in front, a single horseman, whose ac tions soon convinced in?^ that he was ono of the enemy's videues. I immediately reported it. and ?ent two men forward to frighten him off: to catch him 1 knew would be quite impossible ; .half a mile further, I came in sight of a large body fiaf Mexicans, but at such a distance that I eould not toll whether tkey were cavalry or infantry. Tho column was halted, and I vrnf directed to collect my force, and get as near as possible to them, witnout getting within range of their artil lery. 1 soon ascertained that they were forming in fine of battle, about one mile from the woods, and that tho greater part of their force was caval ry. When I returned, I found our forces prepar ing for action, by divesting themselves ol knap sacks, valisos. fcc., fee. Everything being ready, they marched out, and took position as I have shewn in the annexed diagram. The infantry were formed in line?the (kn on the right?having Ringgold's battery, covered by the 2nd squadron of dragoons on their right; next eame the 3rd and 4th intantry, having on their right two eighteen pounders; the 8th, and the artillery battalion had Duncan's artillery on their left, covered by the 1st squadron, with which I remained; in this order we slowly advanced towards the enemy, nntil five minutes past three, when, having arrived within range of their guns, we received a full fire from all their batteries, three of four pieces each; on eame tho balls, tearing up the earth in front of our line, and causing many a recruit to shake in his shoes; the first fire hart no one, their guns being aimed so low as to loose all their force by the neochet, before reaching our line We con tinued to advance, and received eight or ten rouads before we answered them; but when we did, it was with a terrible effect?every shot Cloughed its way through their ranks, and twenty orses were seen without riders, galloping over the field. It was a magnificent sight, and if I should see one hundred battles, I shall never for ger this ; from my position 1 could see everything at a glance, and to me it seemed more like a sham fight on a held day, than a battle of life and death, latere was a constant roar from both sides, and not a musket was fire l untj| thirty minutes after the commencement of the battle; about this tnne upwards of l.'OO lanrers had passed through the wood* and made their appearance on our right flank, in flic position indicated. Ring gold's pieces, and the Stli, were immediately front ed in tne new direction mi a rolling fire of mus ketry commenced, which, with the guns, soon emptied many a saddle S-nrrely had ten minutes elapsed, when I saw Ringgola returning at full speed j my first impression was, they were pur sued, but almost immediately 1 learned that they had driven the enemy, and were returning to their dd position. Wounded men. and some dead, were being carried to the rear fey this time: and even this certainty of a real strife could_ scarcely dispel the pleasing novelty of the scene' to me. Six and nine pounder balls whistled about us, and fell frequenuy within six or ten feet of us. No one in our immediate neighborhood was killed, though many horses were, particularly those of the artillery. Lieut. Ridgelejr, of Ring gold's company, had two horses killed under him; Capt. Bliss had ono, which shared a like fate. Tho cannonade lasted until quarter past 4 P. M., when the guns of both armies became so hot, there was a cessation on both sides During tho interval, the Mexicans displayed a white flag, for the purpoee of protecting their parties in searoh of tho wounded and dead?of which they ap peared to have a great number. At S o'clock, or a few minutes after, the enemy again opened their Are, and, at the same time, made some show of charging on Duncan's battery; we immedi ately moved to the front at a quick gallop?seeing wbwfc, tliey retired in good order. Tuey inade tho attempt a second and a third time, retiring each time in like manner, with the hope, no doubt, of induoing us to pursue them : this we could not do, for our squadron numliered only 119 men, whilst tho enemy had nearly 2000 on that tiank, alone. By this time, our moving rradually in front of the fires kindled by our gun , brought us within musket range of the enemy ; they appeared to be retiring, and we kept them in constant confusion, by the exactness of our aim, and the terrible destruction made by oat 1? They umdo ati attempt about dusk to charge tiie latter witU their whole huo, but they ware uiot hy a aiuiultaneous discharge t from tour b pounders, and the two lb poaudcrs. lliey recoiled m confusion, and every one wits in hopes that Gen. Taylor would orH.jr u iimultanoous charge of our whole lino, hut it wiu not dnue. At this period o? the aoiion the sight was truly sublime? it was getting quite dark, so inuch no that we rould only thstinguiab the enemy's position by tho fiash of their riwcs. At aii occ'uionn lull oi tho war, the shriek* of the wounded and dying could bo heard, whilst artillery und cavalry horses were rushing madly to and fro, some with broken legs, and some in the last ago nies of death. When it became fairly dark, the enemy ceascdftring, and, apparently, re retired to tho woods, though our fire was kept up some ton minutes longer. It was about 40 minutes past 7 when we limbered up our guns, the action having thus lasted four hours and five minute?, exclusive of the rest taken by both par ties during the evening. We bivouacked, Tor the night, ou the field, whilst the enemy retired into the woods, thus leaving us masters of the ground. It was uow ascertained thai we had sutfered some los9 in killed and wounded. Capt. Page, of the 4th, had the lowor jaw entirely shot on, leaving the tongue and the roof of hi* mouth exposed?it would na?e been mercy to have killed him, as re covery is quite impossible. Major Kinggrld was also mortally wounded, a shot having struck both his thighs, and his horse's shoulder ; several other officers were wounded, but none seriously, I be hove. We had 11 men killed, and about 60 or SO wounded, most of them slightly. The next morning, at day-light, the dragoons were dispatched to reconnoitre the enemy. We had remained up all night, on picket detachments, without any supper, and in the morning started without any other breakfast than a piece of hard bread. Wo advanced rapidly towards the ene my's line, and found them retiring into the woods, with the exception of about 1000 cavalry, who, with an immense number of pack mules, were taking the direction of the mouth of the river. Wo gradually approached, until we found our selves on the ground occupied by our opponen^ the night before. Here we found the results of our destructive fire ?119 dead bodies were counted on the field which the Mexicans hail stripped and left for us to bury ; on the edge of the woods we found ten or twelve large pit graves and several smaller ones, showing the resting places of officers; one six pounder was dismount ed on the field, and some 1600 rounds of cannon cartridges were found abandoned on the prairie. The evidences before us were such as tonsure us that the enemy had suffered very severely, and were then retreating towards the river. Returning to camp we found it had been deter mined upon to move forward about 12 M., that day, leaving one company with two 18 pounders, and four twelve pounders, to protect all the sup ply train, which was packed up closely and pro tected by a breastwork ; the remainder of the ar my with the baggage train to move forwnrd in pursuit of the enemy, and give them battle. Wo started about the time mentioned, and had pro ceeded about fil milos, when we found the woods occupied by the enemy, who had chosen their po sitions, and commanded every avenue with their cannon. 1 before mentioned that tho woods extended from the enemy's position, on the afternoon of the 8th instant, the entire distance to the Rio Grande; there is one small prairie, however, about one mile wide and five or six long, which was used for parking what waggons we had with us. The road was so narrow that we could only enter the woods by a platoon front, and it was only at certain points that the woods would admit of deployment of skirmishers by the infantry. The artillery bat talion, and the 8th infantry, with my squadron, were ordered to remain to protect the wagons. This was vexatious, but necessary. There we stood, listening to the roll of the musketry, and the roar of the cannons, without being able to tell even which party was gaining the day; in about ten minutes, however, after the commencement of the battle, our ears were greeted with a loud shout, which we knew could not be by others than our own troop*?at the same instant an or der came for us to advance, as tho enemy were re treating ; we marched into the road at full speed, and soon came up with the head of tlie columns, meeting several parties of prison ers, on their way back to the tram. We came up just in time to assist in driving tho enemy from their guns, which was done in company with the 5th infantry. I never knew an exciting moment in my life till then ; before us, at full speed, rushed two of the enemy's guns, and immediately al ter thi?m two of Duncnu's, flanked by our squad ron. The chase did not continue long;eurguns un limliered and fired two volley of grspo on along straight stretch of tho rood; and we ctiargina im mediately after, the enemy ran, and thus loi?t all tlieir artillery, < lght piece:". I ennno? describe the tight, it was a perfrct rout, a.? you may suppose when I enumerate the spoils. 1 could see the road covered with the enemy's dead, and in many plaoes it was literally blocked up with dead horse; and mules. We continued the pursuit until dark, and left scarcly a Mexican on this fide of the Rio Grande ; SO0 were drowned in getting over. War, whilst racing in all its fierceness on tho field of battle, is a soul stirring and noble excite ment ; but after that has passed away it is sicken ing and horrible to think of, even much less to be i obliged to look upon, its ghastly barbarities. 1 will not ireeze your blood by telling you the horrid sights I have sten, the shrieks I have heard, whilst at the same instant one might see a bacchanalian orgie, and hear the shouts of the revellers. 1 have read aiuny accounts of battles, but never a de scription of ono. Every thing was carried at the I>oint of the bayonet, and by t>rute bull dog cour age alone. For four miles the enemy were forced from position to position without our troops ever falteringfor one instant. We at no time had more than 1400 men engaged, the enemy had upwards of 0000, and 3000 of those were the veteran batta lions, only 2000 of whom were in the first fight, the other 1000 being drawn from Matamoras just before the commencement of the engagement, lresh, and confident of victory. In the first en ment the enemy had between 7 and 9000 men, or more cavalry, with 12 pieces of artillery ; one of ihese was dismounted as 1 before stated, and three others were so much crinpled as to make it necessary to send them to Matamoras. According to their own account they had 400 killed and lost 600 by desertions. We had 11 killed, and at the outside 70 wounded ; they have six or eight officers killed and many wounded. In the second engagement, their loss is not ac curately known; but it docs not fall short of 2500 men. killed, wounded and prisoners, including 300 drowned in attempting to escape. Our own loss*I do not know ; the dragoons lost 18 men, 1 believe. You will be pained to learn that Lieut. Inge was killed in the charge on the guns. A ball entered his neck, and broke the spinal chord. lie had only returned from leave of absence four days previous. He was the only officer hurt in our re giment. Lieut. Cochran, of?the 4th, was killed. Col. Mcintosh was wounded irr three placcs, but hopes are entertained of his recovery. Col. Payne, Inspector General, was also wounded, though not seriously I hope. Capt. Howe, of the 6th,had his right arm amputated near the shoulder. Many other officers were wounded, but none very seriously, I believe. Gen. Do la Vega.and 22 other officers, are prisoners. Arista and Amiyjdia es caped by mere accident. We saw then*running off with about 60 cavaliy ; but, it being quite dark, we could not distinguish them from our own troops, a party of whom were supposed to be in the same direction. About 400 prisoners have been sent down to Point Isabels, and nearly as many wounded were sent over to Matamoras. The trophies of these two victories are 8 nieces of cannon, l7 colors and standards, allthe drums, 240,000 rounds of ammunition (80,000 of which are cannon), over 600 mules, with their packs complete, all the camp equipage and rmvate bag cage of the officers, including Gen. Arista s per sonal effects, 1000 stand of arms, and all the forage and subsistence stores. In short, they saved nothing but what they had on their backs. Their army is entirely destroyed, and 1 doum whether they can ever raise and ^U,P ? They appear to have entirely deserted Matamo ras, for there is not a single flag flying. nor * ( * dier to be seen in any direction. We be living in the town in four days from this, oen. T. having gone to Point Isabel for the purpose of arranging with Commodore Connor a com bined attach with the gun-boats ol the fleet. I think we shall have an easy conquest, Indeed, i is said that the Alcalde of the town has sent over word that lie is ready to deliver it up whenever we may require it. . ,. . We were much pained on our arrival to hear that Major Ilrown, commanding the 7tli infantry, had been wounded by a ihell the day before our arrival. Amputation of the leg became neces sary, and he died shortly after, from the effects of it, being of a weak and innrm constitution. He was buried the day after our arrival. Lieut. Blake, of the Topographical Engineers, who be haved with great gallantry in the Ant action, M* cit'entally shot himself in the groin with his pis tol. He lived about twelve hoar*, and died re gretted by every one. P.y an arrival from Poiut Isabel vvo have learned, with regret, thnt Major Ringgold died shortly after watching titers, troin the eli<cu of Lis wound. His los? will bo more guuorally known throughout ilm United .States, probably, than that of uuy other olficer; lor the fame of Ringgold's Flying Artillery had extended wide and near. Captain Page, it u *aid, is abodeud. Of course no oilier rt*alt could be looked for. It was a ttmrcv to him. Captains Thornton, Harden, with Lieut. Kane,

and all the men, have been exchanged, nnd are witli us. The Campaign Against Mexico. [From the Galveston News, May 18 ] Tho iteam nhip New York arrived about S o'clock, I1. M., having left the Brasos Santiago yesterday about 11 o'clock, being 16 hour* from bar to bar. Soon after the decisive repulse of the Mexicans, on the 8th, Geueral Tuy lor finding that tho enemy had entirely disappeared and "left the communication between his en campment and Point Isabel unobstructed, collected the baggage and plundor which thoy had left, and returned to nu depot at Point Isabel: having previously sent word to General Ampudia, that be had permission to sead over 300 men to bury his dead. The news is not important No further engagements have taken place. As far as wo can learn, the Mexi cans appear to have retreated to tho other side of the Bravo. We learn from Capt. Phillips that Gen. Taylor is new at Point Isabel, having returned from his encampment He is directing his operations against Matameras,and ex pediting the march of the troops to that point as fast as they arrive. On Friday night, a detachment'of 1000 volunteers and regulars took up their line of march, for the purpose of crossing the Rio Grande at the mouth, intending to enter the city of Mataraoras. They were to be joined by 500 seamen in boats, under oommand of Capt. Auliek. The steamer Vesta left on Sunday morning tor the mouth of the Rio Grande, for the purpose of assisting the troops in crossing the rivor at that place Governor Henderson will take the command of the forces raised in Texas, to reinforce the army of occupa tion, by a resolution of the Legislature of that State. [Correspondence of the New Orleans Picayune ] La Burita, (Mexico) May 17, IMC. Here we are within the Vice-Royalty of Mexico, at a beautiful little village on the right nunk of the Rio Bravo, eight miles from the mouth. Old Zack?God bless him ! ?nas,through us,on this day planted tus foot on this side of the riser. You may be assured it will not be with drawn until all the indignities offered our beloved country are amply atoned for. This detachment, consisting offiTe companies of the 1st Infanti-v and four companies of volunteers, with one piece of artillery, is under tne command of Lieut Col. Wilson, of the regular army. The expedition up this river was originally planned by the General and Commodore to be a combined movement of the two services. 8ome delays arising from rough weather, the military part of the ex pedition started alone this morning, and after marching some ten miles found themselves at this village, which is situated on the first high and dry land above the mouth of the river ; a beautiful ridge, with a fine bluff* escarp ment There being an engineer along, it is thought that some fortiAcatioas will be planned, and that we shall lie initiated into the art and mystery of throwing dirt out of a ditch. The gallant little army which wo have to emu late,dug ditches and threw up entrenchments for a whole month. This river is about eighty yards wide, vary serpentine in its course, and about ten feet in depth. [From the New Orlean. DelU, Mar M l alongside at?! Klrtt O.,?e^0T,S1b*"',) t0 ^nt I?ybe!n>0.,t ?i Grande. and this JornCag h;VLcro,,ed th? R'? volnnteen arrived before u? ha^ l'ift ?Jh* join General Taylor ?t r?m? n? "oint Isabel to rot, and we aro "ordered to fhllin?.Wn' "PP0*Matamo ;!?r. w. hj,. rpS.^,1 vjs sSFsKgSsSSrSas Sffisac sasSS, 54^ V*? tt&J-ggCsBjZSXSA ?ndeed> the ??'? "?i^?toldWreweh'S1nd s,Lj|a?ta,sasi cru,ion-, ? **S4 to join Lieut CoL Wilson .nYT0 for L? Uu"l? U? 17. 8. infant^. CoLMarks ?f ,the teer companies now here i. riii Tolun a. poiaibie, and when ill thL? . ?UoW " ?J?ediiy trated, we jTto ^e ?? .?Jn,0p* ?? eoncen fort at tbe town of Lm Burita. !i?? ,?n ,the Mexican The Mexican force there it --^mnnnrt ti*!L ? bo,h i? about seven and a half iitfles iw^Tthi. i Buhu but the way we ha? ? ..? ?. i. ? thi". 'n a direct line; jroopa. under command of Major .vfnnroc l> 5*^. r brother ot ?'ant. Hurh Mnnn. ? ?? ?,, "? "? ?*?> ? rnjzLimm. assmsDwfissi Ss.'^iftssss.' isssr* oir? ffirsra r::a, fSTSS7,* P' AWstf-AJrSiLf w ~ Si'?rS?T .TJ5 5? ?&7 3f SlSX' elbow! ?' 4th 1 ^ ?? "hot o(T above the in^Ulefth^'8th lnfMt^T; H^ht arm broken, and .hot *ever?/placei*n' ** ,nfMt? *?? ??<? bayonettad in flect'lnticfoiteH a,rV#d f*.' ot from the aaSSwiS-'&aaaftft ""Writer aTDd%otom^^ o?ng at ?&g*0^ ^ iiilltil line of march on itawe.t or^ lirti h J i??k?P their wThcb .wssa^ of *Hrs*o? ^^o'tVe' ? beach, expecting to be joined by a detach men" ofil.lot! and marines trom the squadron Oyinc a few miu> ?J ,k entrance] to u?i.t tvefimUm m2u?t?L22? .2?2f!5 movement.i but were disappointed until tnlT Neva enter ?d the river and relieved them iron their difflciilti'? ih? hf lSf h*en,dt'p?!c"*,J W]th *nPl'l'??, by that intern! ble oflcerof the Quarter master's Department Malar c anr.-te hi. -1*1 V ,X,,re" received from Col. W statin* I uC^TpSSr'"""""1 L- ; 4^;rr.t,2svx^;" SsttoLis i early to-day. tarly in the morn^* . f,w can^S I 5ST1-1 z'^jn trvzfajirBZ* I S S&?W jraSSS i phkr,'?iTin* -??f5riC th? Wh, Generals Arisra and Ampndia led tht v.n ^twT^JL ^ ehff*rr,1l' rtriPPinS off their clothas t7 ^ ?? ?od when tboy irrivtd at (K? h??? l.j Snn^Ut ^lr 'h'rt' itreammg i^ th^^Ind^ Hafsone ofthe few prom.Mntmen ZS fa? iTtni I teemed by all that know him lor his virtw **" j i he regiment of Lomeisna Voluni^ra ? . Walton, aie now on board transport, to bJ?#Unrf?H01!?1 morrow morning on Bmsos l.lan^ thince Uki^n ^ I line of march, via sea beach lor immih ?m?? ?p lhT,r ' Ibe belanreof oen. hmith'i r .mi..5i i Ormmie. | alter. sa~ to Matamoios. lB* r,**r ?"? march up The Mexican, lost 100 drowned ??> it..:. . ... , ing the Rio Grande most of ik? L j *' cru? delivered up to them by Uen T??inr h" i wbo were j ~,i?. s &a? ls??n?s.'>""1 f . I T (P?IKT IlAIEL,) Mev 1ft IfU/t Ltft eTening tbe tteeoishlp Alabama arrived aS-S? i State, lauded, and are now encamping with their com- ' rades on the plain outsid* ; but if we are to judge from " the custom of war in like cases" they will *caro? have time to get "comfortably lixeJ" before they will be calledjupon to "pull up stak< Vand 'take uptheir march ' However,! trust ihe patrio".c ?pirit which prompted their coining Un prepttiod them fu; the hardships und priva tion* of the campaign. They may appeal to be great by tho?n who are novices,as Cu 'oubt most are; but with the exception pjrhaps of sheltei ,an.l 1 see your "boyi" brought gooii iiuw tenis on w ?h them, which was very fortuuute.J 1 think there cau b.? no great came of com plaint. On tho whole, with our number*, moans. and material, 1 think the campaign is destine. to be a abort oue. ami . tua most of lue Mood which will he spilled during it, : hai been already. ? ..i l think t cna safely sa> that "tho jKjctry of ' rodgeri.ig " hat vaniaued already with all 1 who li.tvo "let toot" in Texas. Justice alone prompt! mo tj say that the "materiel" of ' the ia.uforcemeuta which uavo reached Ki, is such a* to | Inspire no leu confidence thi'.u ntspeot, and the groalo.t of both. | General Desha's command has taknn position with tha 4lh infantry at Burita's Kerry, aotue eii;ht or teu nule* j from this place. It i? the lowest lvi i y on the river, nnd the place whore most of Ariata'a *rm>* ?-o;iei previows to the battle of the 8th iust Word reached us from abovo jest '.day, that tho (ieneral, with the army, had commenced his demonstra- I tioa upon Matamorai, and was to cross the river at some 1 point above, to operate in the rear, whilst tha garritonrof Fort Brown would attack in front. It wu* Mid :au*t all the Mexican troop* had left Matamoras, but 'J000 re maining. We should not be surprised at any moment hearing a cannonade, f'erbapi there will be a furrender without a ?hot beiag fliwd?such a result would not bo su rpriiing from what haa been learned. I am pleaaed to see tho notice which you take of the "gallant Walker." Many of his daring adventures remain unknown, or at leant untold. The " euteit" one came off during the second battle, when, having his horse shot under him, he fell and feigned all the agonies of a mortal wound', and when his adversary came upon him to des patched him with a lance, and strip him, Walker uaed his revolver with effect "Jumped on the fellow's horse, and went ahead." Yonr suggestion to your liberal citizens, respecting furnishing walker with a horse, fcc., to replace the one (by the bye, ho has lost quite a number lately) lost in his adventure to communicate with the fort, is a very creditable oue; but, injustice to us, I beg you will make it known, that no sooner had Walker returned and his loss waa known, than a subscription was opened by the officer*, and an ordor to purchase a horse ana equipments sent to your city, te bo presented to him. Again, a petition has been circulated and signed by the officers, headed by General Taylor, praying the PresL dent to commission him. Incident* or tho War, die. Camp erpo.iTK Matamoeai, ) . ? May 13th, 1846. 1 recommenced .lowly, bat firmly lerv ?t i' K . n- n we arrived witiin good oi til h.ff. v* ' tjleir b"tcr>os opened upon ui, lome of their "^horh^C?l*,Ka,0Df5 th0 P,ttin ??> P?ing u. ta in^i.? ' ? r" "y,n? 0T0r our headi^and falling ",e r"r- "bowing ui in a few moment, that th"^ ? .ul',rT|, Wlt,h ,kU1 "nd peroiaion. A move ment waa now obierved among the enomy'a cavalrv ?? imlwnt?'' ^ tJl? 'ragimenU neareitth'e" thJ^nUt i aquare, or formation preparatory to q^i?' dl?P?*?d ? to protect our own artil. Ume .^m.nfiVf?r U WM orderftd t? ^e. Duhnr^hi, time, aome fifteen minutes, tho enemy'a fire wa. ? s ^nci ESEfeS 5> tSd. wMnfn.w"eT:dWbCh CrW,teJ "?'m* c?n'u'i*n uM wh?ch be Tho? i . charge at onoe-but thi. could not e. i ncy were dtsU&ed to trivo tbo atroncrpHt HviHAni>? whiUt the litter w!.eiM,my * c"ralry our own artillery, *. ? mowing down the enemy'a ranka ?oon aa Duncan o|>ened. Major Ringgold'. thunder wa, heard on the right. Lieut ClmrcW. from thi ISpoundera, in tho centre, and all the enemv'i batte. He. opening at the-me Ume, a tremendou. cannon^ extent n^i.^0 00 i p,ain of almo?t boundle.. Tha baul^ ri^m.n of ^reat magnificence? i! j i - j commenced at 10 minute, pa.t -i P M it m v'. ? I 811 h.oor' when 8 large body of the ene ^iew ?^uh.*n? ? *r*e<1 ,ho 6th lnfantry, with a S&S Sis SfSSS1^"?s3t?? enemy, and our brigade, the ]?t the rieht th?8 A*.'i now.'ou?d iu?tf in advance, and on r7?h. K.?7i ? Artillery battalion being on the extreme tha? rf.2 JiV" " murtte obaerred, aUo I *? "??? different change, our General waa alwav. to '""and * b?ck' The ?nemy'i fire having i ?.?'?"?"d.Oen Tavlorfrom hi. new and . po-Jtion, ordered all hi. hatterie. to open, ,,u? ??tacked the enemy with .uch fury aa to mlSnld destruction ?> hi. rank. ; but .till they re '' """ """>?,M Nl1to'abo"ltP7hTl >1?WA^i,r'1 Tr?m 10 ?'"Ute.pMt ?. P. in., to apom 7, r. M. A*, thu moment th<- niemv u?. Aim. covered coming down with hi. left flank in great for ?? ?SmTT ?n"'" -rtiUery batu,fon,VJd [hS pounder. which that bnttniion .upported Tho ih ^ssprss'^jsss r,rl t?l,? into line ir^rT^ itoJTSto I ? it ?r> _ i ?#nei*l waa luimcJiately recognised by M? . ?'? Kave hlm tUrwe cheer, for thi. evidence of Ui. coijGJeuce. At thi. mometit Lieut. ("hurch U diJ 0 "rfdv.Trn0f hi' P?UUd"r'. loidJd wrth g^; ^ ih-rt creating great havoc l?t not ma^h'.Ff entirely their onwaij B.ovemtnt They marchea forward to within good mukkot lange jum,. oor m?n ? ,t?<1 ?"d deliver! tl Jr C,egVbTh that the. JZZi'i q y ?' ? ahonMer Kinding 1 no ne"er, < olonel <iuMt coit maniiing thja battalion, ordered the volley which on fred" ^nH ?k P*r*^#'When the eoem> immediately re t red, and the action ended for the niglit. Our u'rmv ^aXi^theM.'i^nPreC'Velr^r,i,^h, fo"nJ Uum an ' ??? battle 'I ""J"* ,he commenced U.e of each J^er Th -'k "pt qU'et,), *'most in pre?enee Th? niKht ?ai .ereno an.! he?uuiul, the moon caating the Mfleat light on even thing aiutindu. JrOM'/ woundeSf and the tc reamli ?LM^T?n.!!e^,l!'feriDR under tha kn,fe ?t th? . r . ? "n,K,n*d the icene. which had occurred but a few bouri previously. ? ? ? Many dragoon horxw were alto killed, and the encmrma were aimo.t incredible. In Magruder' "ompSny two keucut off hw^"' ,ha|i ^' ^ron.U of KeVr mu^ if I . ?7 cannon ball., paaaing juat over their wmUid#r\.attd {>*'we" their heii.. lie had alia a main killed on hia immediate right and left. Rome of the hall. again'^vithouf tan!^1' ?f til" ^""r*'- ???d rtcotktd out k 0UC!un* "y on* Other* fell ju.t on the outaide and bounced over. To lUod oaUenUv and rLii? in .quare, under .uch a fin, for fi^hW! wahSu. S couraire'that f**1 ?Tidenc* ?f diacipUne and invincibU courage that troop, can give. But more the edict of mi,|,.tC0>n? ' wlVch |>??>? out regular.could have .hown ^ fi?"1 "rew^wUh tSSTr .bi, ,b;u. "??*?. ryC*nd*Stov^K?,?l precUioo, while we had little caval ~*y nad an immenwj proportion of that arm? t?,I? *h"JI ""1 *rape ah? told bri.kly among them. In .hort, we faineu on that day a great victory^ Trnfn|f oC th* 901 Mexican army lilt the field at early oawn, ?nd, after arranging our train we commenced the man h toward, our fort at thi. place At two o cl?ck, r.M., we found the enemy drawn un in r^?CUP> ,n* a.ravine, which our road cro.^ . ? ^ thick cnapanal' or thorny buahet on oith*r before it reaci.e'l the ravine, and. p^ of w.tir 0B either ?ide, where it eroded the ravine, con^itutinr a complete defile, 'i hey were 7,000 .trong, we M weaker ?ato^ ttt?kTb,vULlXi tl h" oe"*rai oruered an imme L L Ul* ""^"t the firat brigade . kept in reMrve; and .oon the rattling hr? of mu.ketry mingled w iih the heavy .ound of artillerv announced the comn.encement of the action T?e enemy had choaen hi. po.ition which he con.idere.i {"?pragneble? aUperior to ua in numhor. ?nri had ten piece, of art,ll.Jy, planud in the d.fik wh^h the road with grati ind which it wm .^o|*^v T?:?Ll?r u* ^ T" Mor- ??e cooid Ki The?e piece, were flanked on either aide by a remnant of brave veteran troope, from Tampico id May*' of Thifad 'dragoon. fS? that' battery SoVd^^ i?T. ? every man. May i?.untly placed hSSSt 'J JL'wtS oi hi. men, and netting oft at full .needWitK he,d ?hout., daahed into the defile wliTr. 'i.^ cheera and with an overwhelming dkcliar'ge oi rratl greeted which nearly annihlliUdhii1^h8."t 1U.Ull#U' but he wa. wen unhurt darting like l^Jh. platoon, thi. mtirderou. haiUtorm, u" 1n U,r?u?h j men drove away or rut in .? a 'lev.oiid he and in. .{>eed ol hi. |10r.r. wi. . the artllleri.!. J he , paaaed through the battery iKel?Vl(Mi S^L SIS5U.1S'T ?" '????, i the m?n u. P^O il'& knoi%v? ol one ol , ?elf aa lian.?? aword to May, announced him- j him . L'?*a> and gave hi. parole May tarne<) him o?W to an oaoer, and galloping i .ck to u?n. Taj ? ' f. P01^ that he had captured in. enemy', battel? ??B- v,*a, bravely defending it, whoit. aword he had the honor to preaent hia comaiaading eflt- j car. The general was extremely gratified, end felt no doubt that a blow lunl been given from which it would be difficult for the enemy to recover ; and to It proved? for a portion of ihe 6th infantry, finding that the enemy bad immediately iv-occupisJ ?nj commenced serving their piece!, gallantly charged, ind brought off several; when the 0th, whicu had ju^t ?ome up. marched to the attack by ita gallant commander, CoL Belknap, aecoaded nobly by Capt. Montgomery. took off the remaining piece*. Col. Belknap, leaJiug his rojunsnt Into the thickest of the fight. Mired a Mexican ttndurd, and waving it over hit head. 'dashed on in front of his men, until hit hone (tumbled over tome dead bodies, and threw him Being a heat y man, he was beloed ou to hi* !iori<o bv at soldier, wbo in the act received aball through his lung*, and ut the ?ome moment a shot carried away tho Mexican rlmg, leaving but the handle with the colonel If e di?hed oh cud with that, however, and hie jc^'iUBiit carried everything beforo it. At this moment tho Mexicans gave way entirely, and throwing down their arms, tied lu every direction, leaving all their (tores, munitions of war, nrins, standards lie. The kWJed, wounJod. and piisoner(, including among the kJlieJ tbois who were drowned in the Rio Grande, do not fall shoit of lioo , to that the cnemy'( loss in two darn amounts to at least *2000 men?something more than the number we had iu our army. When Lieut. Mogiuder introduced Oen. Vega to Gen. Taylor, the latter expressed his deep regret that (uch ? mikiortuue should have happoned to an officer whose character he so highly eateemed, ami returned to him his sword which he nud won so bravely It is said also that the tieneral gave the captive officer an order on bus private banker for a large sum, for hii use when he ar rived in the United States. Immediately after the victory, a regiment marched into this fort, and was received with cheers and open arms. All had done their duty?those who were left to defend our fort?those who marched to it* relief. 1 had nearly forgot to mention, that no officer in the battle of the 9th was more distinguished'than Lieut Rudolph Ridgely Hi* conduct drew praises from the lipe of every officer. The fourth shot of the enemy struck the horse of Lieut. Ridgely in the head, killing the man to whom he was about handing the bridle. Shortly after, Lieut. R. wax detached, with two piece*, to another pert of the field, where he had hot work. The next day we took up our march. After proceed ing about fivo miles, an express came beck, ordering Lieut Ridgely to the front with his batterr. He ad vanced and reported to the General, who told him thet the enemy occupied the roed about half a mile aheed, with six or eight piece* of artillery, and in great force, on each side covered by the thick chaparral. Lieut. Ridgelv moved forward cautiously about[twsnty yard* ahead of nis pieces, when he perceived a few on the road about 400 yards in front. Instantly they''opened their batteries on him: he ordered a trot, and went up rap idly until within 300 yard*, and then returned their flrw This continued with great rapidity for some time?they having likewise infantry firing with them. We discov ered they were falling back?limbered up, and daahed ahead 160 yard*, when we again *aw them. We drove them back half a mile, when Captain May rode up and enquired of Lieut Ridgely as to their position, stating that ho was about to charge. Lieut. R. told him to wait until we gave them one round from all ouifpieces. He did so, and then rushed forward at the head of his cavalry ?we following with our battery atfull gallop. May suc ceeded in taking prisoner General La Vega?the 3d In command?and drove them from their pieces, bat suffered terribly by their musketry. . We reached the edge of the ravine as he returned and ?aw two regiments about sixty yards off?at once halted, and a* we were unlimbering our gum, their muaketry and three piece* with grape, opened upon u*. They knocked over eight horses and five men. We returned their fire with double vigour, and with the infantry. after about twenty minutes of the most terrible slaughter, put them to the route. We followed, but had not pursued over 200 yards, when we came on their entire camp?took every thing they had, all their ant munition, 9 pieces of artillery, 300 peck mules, perso nal baggage and privato communications of their com manding General, Arista ; his silver plate, etc. ete. Our force was about 1900 ; theii* about QuOO. Gen. La Vega rays he has been in battles since his boyhood, but never saw men rush up to the cannons' mouth as our troops did ; and could not think it possible for artillery to meri as our batteries did. Lieut. Ridgoly was introduced t? him as the officer who commanded the leading battery, of whose effectiveness he particularly sttoke. We lort in our company, 1 killed, 6 wounded, with 13 horses. [From the Newark (N. J.) Adv., May 29.1 We have another letter from our correspondent on the Rio Grande, through the father of young Dudley, from which we subjoin an extract: Camf orrosiTR Matamobas, j May 14th, 1846. S 1 have only to mention the afflicting circumstance, thet our most severely wounded men are mortifying and dropping off. One reason is the excessive heat of U e weather, and another is the fact, that the Mexicans fired nothing but copper shot! Such a proceeding on their part, has outraged the feelings of the whole army. Ven seance is the cry day and night, for wounded comipdes dying from the poisonous shot. We were the attacked, and only fired iron and lead. Gilbert is 38 miles from me, and it is impossible for me to hear from him, before he is able to write for himselt One thing is certain, he hes the best medical advice, end plenty or sympathizing comrades about him. He is eo young and%eslthy, and having only a flesh wound, I feel greatly encouraged about him. [From the Albany Journal, Mar 96 ] Camp, opposite Matamoiai, ) May 18th, ISM. $ I marts you thi? battle of the 9th wiil never b? forgot* ten by any participant?a noit closely fought and bloody lattle. I raw a corporal,who was by my side kill three men. who appeared in the rame opening in the thicket, in quicksuccession they literally lell dead one upon the other; he then wounded eome other*, ruihed out and made prisoners of them, handad them over, and went to work firing again. Thia man expended 37 cartridge!, And I doubt whether he ever mined hi* aim. The ball* fell about ua like hull, but yet there were only three or four men that fell neat me; but alter the battle waa art r, oh! the awfol spertarin that ground presented?the u uunded and dead literally lying .n piles. eome groan ing other* in the last igoniea, oilier* begging in Upanish for a drop of water: ami it wm exceedingly gratifying to ?ue with what nhicrity an<l kindness our aoldier* would give them the lait drop in their canteen* and ?**i*t them to the place deMgnatr I for the wounded. I apent iome time nf'.cr the bjitlc in collac\itig *uch wounded men a* I could find ?among 'hem a major, who wu severely wounded?he asked for watir, which 1 gave him, and one of our oAcer* coming up with a little brandy in hi* cauteon, we gave him a drop: he took my hand and gavo me a grateful look, caying, "thank* < ?pi tan." which I pretume wa* the last word* ha spoke. 1 mh the poor fellow among the dead on the following , <<ny. Another wounded man, in quite a different (pint, | drew hi* knife on one of our men who attempted to U!*e him prisoner -at the moment a aoldier cocked hi* gun, and would Imve diipatched him but for my interference ? wslkuiK np and ordering him to *urrender he came out immediately, feeing 1 wa* an officer, and thu* I *up pUHo aared hi* life. The remit of the affair of the 9th wa* about 760 killi i ?one general officer and 140 men pri*oaen, togethi r with all their pack train, consisting of more than 400 mule* -all the officer*' private baggage?la ihoit, a per fect route. The eaemy was *o closely preised that they throw away their arm*, and many, veiy many, were drowned in crowing the river. They acknowledge 900 killed, beside* the mining, and 670 now in the hoepital* in Matamora*?more than the whole force we brought into action. Our killed I* about 40, and wounded about 60. a* near a* I have yet been able to ascertain. Our regiment wa* particularly fortunate. We had not a mtn killed or wounded the first day, notwithstanding a ball passed through a company in tne centre-, the men saw it ricochet on the ground in time to open and let it pass through. My horse was just behind them, and the bsll passed between his legs. The second day, only one officer waa wounded, Dobbins, who was knocked down by a grape shot?the sergeant major and one man killed, and four wounded. Summer Quarter* of the Army of Occupa* Uon?Magnificent I?ioepect. [From the Houston (TexaO Telegraph, May 1?.] We learn from a private lettea, that Oen. Taylor hat expressed a determation to make his summer quarter* at Monterey, and there 1* no doubt, that with the force now under his command, and the volunteers that are hastening to his standard, that he can establish his sum mer quarter* in anv part of the eastern province* of Mexico that he desires. The valley of Monterey wu viaited by mapy of our soldier*, during the Federal war. and they all deacribe It a* an earthly paradliet groves of orange*, lemon*, figs, and pomegranate*, surround the city , and the whele valley, whleh 1* Irrigated by countless rivulets of pure and wholesome water, la but a continuous garden, producing various kind* of vegeta bles, and tropical fruits i? abundance. The climate, however, in summer, i* rather too warm to b<> agreeable to perion* from the Northern Mate* ; but a abort dis tance. in the elevated plains along the mountains, the climate, even in midsummer, is a* cool and ralnbriou* a* that of the r.aUklll mountains, Lventhe northern fruits, such aa the apple, pear, Ik., are produced in abundance, in those elevated regions, When oar troops once get pleasan ly located in that delightful region, they will be very unwilling to feraake It; and the glowing descrip tions they will circulate throughout the I'nion, will ere long excite a desire among all classes to **">?* It the United States. Tha stunendous rhain of th* Werra Ma die i* a boundary meet for a great nation , but the iInsig nificant Rio Bravo is only ?uitable to define the limit* of State* or countiea. _____ Military Preparation* throughout the t nlon. TKXAB. [From the Hourton (Texa*) Star, May 11] A ?J.r>inv of volunteer*, under the command of Cart. Snell auute/from this city on Tue*day morning for Za ; r?mn'J lien Tsylor. Another departed to-day, under 1 SJr?omm*od oftsm CrStronder. Harri* county now. 1 theretofore, furni*ne* her loll quota of volunteers to l?..i the call of the commander-uw:hief. I i>r J Shackelford, the dauntlea* leader of the Red Rover*, passed through town on Saturday last, on his wsy to Austin. LOTJtMANA. Hod QrABTKBs Wsstosi Dmaioa, t New Orleans, May Jlst, ) Divisieia Oanaae?No. 14. Major (leneral < >aines having duly considered the olier from the First Division Louisiana Volunteers, for imme diate service on the Rio Urande. takes this occasion to tender to the accomplished officers and soldier* of this excellent com, hi* thanks, with assurances of th? proud satisfaction with which he has reports ! to the ?? He. partment their patriotic eA-r Ha would most gladly a* ail Hi.n???' ? present opeiaUeas en tea Rio ? - ? ?? '?*