July 9, 1861
Later from the Rio Grande
The Galveston Civilian, of the 29th ultimo,
has the following news taken from the Fort
Brown (Brownsville) Flag, of latest date:
Mr. Smith, who was tried by a court martial at Ringgold
Barracks, for the killing of Stanhope, and convicted, has since made his escape
into Mexico.† We understand that Col. Ford disapproved of
the proceedings of the court martial.
Capt. Littleton mustered his Ranger company out of the
State service, on Sunday morning, and immediately mustered them into the
Confederate service for twelve months.†
Out of sixty-nine men only eight or nine refused to enter the
Confederate service, and most of those who refused, did so because they desired
to go where they could see more of the war than is to be found lying about this
section of the country.
We learn that there is considerable fever and ague and
diarrhea prevailing in this city and among the troops in the garrison.† There is nothing dangerous in these things,
however, if the people only take ordinary care of themselves.
The authorities of Rio Grande
City have issued an order that no
Mexican shall travel about the county
of Starr, without [sic]
he has a pass from the justice of the peace. †
A company of minute men have been organized in Starr
county, to escort travelers from Rio Grande
City to Edinburg.
Capt. Littleton has left for the scene of the late
Cortina difficulties, in Starr county, with a portion of his command, leaving
one detachment of his Rangers at Carricitos, and another below the city of Brownsville.
Capt. Nolanís command still maintains order and inspires
a wholesome fear between Rio
and Carizo.† Horsehead, the six foot
nigger [sic], who assists Wild Cat in governing the Seminola-Africano colony,
opposite Eagle Pass, arrived in Matamoras last Saturday, and is daily to be
seen sunning himself in the fashionable promenades of our great and thrifty
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]