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After a harassing and exhausting pursuit of over five days, the
troops, most of them on foot, made a march of nearly fifty miles
in twenty-five hours, thirty miles of which was without stoppage.
On the 4th of February, 1860, Cortinas, having collected a
portion of his followers near La Bolsa with a view of attacking
the steamer Ranchero on her passage to Brownsville, fired across
the river upon the State troops under Major Ford, operating
under the orders of Major Heintzelman, and upon the passing
steamer. To repel this attack and to protect the boat, Major Ford
with Major Tobin and Captain Tomlinson, crossed the river with
49 men and drove them from their position with great loss.
The entire loss of Cortinas, during all the operations against
him, was 151 men killed. The loss of the Rangers and regular
troops was, one Ranger killed and sixteen wounded-Sergeant
Thomas Conroy, of Company L, and private Joseph Art, of
Company C, 1st Artillery, slightly wounded. Major Heintzelman
commends the cheerfulness and alacrity with which all the officers
and men of his command performed their duties, as well in action
as on the march, and expresses his obligations to Judge Davis,
Messrs. Yturra, Cummins and Galvan for valuable information.
Fifth. On the 15th of January, 1860, at one and a half o'clock
A. M., Lieut. Fitzhugh Lee," 2nd Cavalry, left Camp Colorado'o
with one non-commissioned officer, a bugler and twenty men of
company B, 2nd Cavalry, in pursuit of a party of Indians that
had been seen driving a herd of animals up Pecan Bayou. After
a rapid pursuit for two days, two Indians were overtaken driving
the animals before them, one killed, but the other mounted on
a fleet horse fled across the prairie for the woods. The chase led
over hills and ravines covered with dense cedar for six or seven
miles, when the Indian, hard-pressed, attempted to escape on foot.
Lieut. Lee dismounted, and after a search of several hours, came
suddenly upon him and killed him in personal combat. All the
animals, twenty four, were captured. Lieut. Lee highly commends
the conduct and daring of Bugler Edward M. Hays," and privates
'Fitzhugh Lee, later Major General in the Confederate Army; Gov-
ernor of Virginia; U. S. Consul General to Cuba; Major General U. S.
"Camp Colorado, on Jim Ned Creek, Coleman County, Texas.
"Bugler Edward M. Hayes retired as Colonel 13th U. S. Cavalry.
See his report in "Lee of Virginia," 1842-1892, pp. 490-495, by E. J. Lee.
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