March 22, 1846
Latest from the Army of Occupation.
— By an arrival yesterday we were placed in
possession of a letter from which we make one or two extracts. It is
St. Joseph’s Island, March 15, ‘46.
I have little news to communicate farther
than the arrival here of the U. S. brig Porpoise, from Vera Cruz, and the
bark Wm. Ivy and schr. Enterprise from New Orleans. We are all to sail
from here by the 20th with the heavy army baggage and such of
the soldiers as were left behind, for the Rio Grande. There will be some
twenty vessels in all – quite a little fleet – convoyed by the U. S. brigs
Porpose and Somers, and cutter Woodbury.
The old camp at Corpus Christi looks as the
Fourth Ward in your city did after the great fire – nothing to be seen but
old chimneys. Gen. Taylor had only marched twelve miles when the
despatches brought by the Porpoise reached him.
Source: The Daily Picayune, March 22,
1846, p. 2, col. 2.