Was With Taylor at Corpus
Geo. W. Peyton, of
aged 95 years, a hero of two wars, was in
in attendance of the reunion. Mr. Peyton was in the Mexican war, having
served in the Jefferson Davis regiment. He was also in the civil war.
His wife who still survives is 90 years of age. Laurel, Miss., Ledger.
This writer is
acquainted with "Uncle George" Peyton and when a boy recalls many of his
reminiscences of the Mexican War. He is one of the Virginia Peytons, and
a descendant of one of the early colonists of that state. He recalls the
distinctly though he has not seen it since 1848. In conversation with the
writer, this summer, he corrects the statement that the embankments, the
remains of which are still to be seen near the reef at
were constructed by the Americans. They were not, he says, constructed
the Mexicans, who fled when
fleet appeared in
Corpus Christi bay.
Uncle George participated in all the battles of
army, and afterwards was sent to join Scott's command at
The barbarity of the
Mexicans too ---------- unspeakable, any straggling Americans being slain
and their bodies mutilated in the most fiendish manner. This naturally
caused retaliation on the part of the Americans, especially the Texans
under Jack Hayes. Speaking of this he relates an instance of a German in
Hayes command killing a Mexican family and when shamed for killing
children shrugged his shoulders and replied, "By dams don't nits made
October 7, 1904, p. 2, col. 2
Research by: Msgr.
Michael A. Howell
Geraldine D. McGloin, Nueces County Historical Commission