July 2, 1861
from the Rio Grande
Fort Brown (Brownsville) Flag, of the 18th
ult., furnishes the following intelligence:
Ford has received instructions to muster the forces under his command at this
place into the service of the Confederate States.
Van Dorn has recommended to Col. Ford that he make his headquarters at some
point more centrally situated to his military district than Brownsville.
is said that a very strong influence is at work to effect the removal of the
customhouse from this place to point Isabel or Brazos Santiago.
understand that the authorities in Matamoros
have interposed to suppress speculation in provisions during the prevailing
A. A. Moore, the first regularly commissioned Confederate States army officer,
arrived in this city on Saturday last from Galveston.†
Capt. Moore is engaged in the inspection of the frontier fortification.
learn from Col. Nickels, of Edinburg,
that Mr. Wm. Sheriff, of that place, was shot, on or about the 7th of
the present month, while riding horseback about three miles above
Edinburg.† The murder was committed, it
is generally believed, by Mexican assassins who were hid in the bushes.
learn from the same gentleman that three Americans who had started from
Ringgold barracks, about the 5th of the present month, were fired
upon from the bush by a body of concealed Mexicans, at or near the Las Cuevas
ranche, and two of the party killed.† The
other gentleman escaped and made his way beck to Ringgold barracks.† The Las Cuevas ranche is a strong political
precinct to import fraudulent voters from Mexico, and it is generally
conceded to be a most detestable place in regard to thieves, assassins and
steamer Mustang, Capt. Brown, came down the river yesterday and reports matters
in confusion in the country.† The killing
of Sheriff and the shooting of two other Americans, is confirmed to be a
Mexican, suspected of complicity in the manís killing, was hung, and others are
likely to die the same way.