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Letters from General Taylor.
July 2.- Acknowledges communications. [Not copied.]
culty of throwing supplies up the river.
charge of Louisiana volunteers.
6,000 troops; valley of San Juan reconnoitred; Mier occupied.
at Monterey; 2d brigade has marched; volunteers have been organized.
party in the department of Tamaulipas, [the enclosures not copied, being confiden
tial.] August 28, (No. 80.)-Suggests a clothing depot. August 31, (No. 81.)-Proceedings of court-martial. [Not copied.] September 2, (No. 84.)-Scarcity of medical officers with the army, with a copy of
the Surgeon General's report of the 29th of July. September 3, (No. 85.)—Organization of troops en route; is about to take the field;
no recent intelligence from the interior; state of things at San Antonio; General
Patterson will remain in command in rear. September 4, (No. 88.)—Report from General Worth, giving intelligence from the in.
terior; sends proclamation of Ampadia. September 12, (No.87.)-Concentration of troops at Cerralvo; shall march on Mon
terey on the 13th; news from the interior. September 17, (No. 88.)--Concentration of force at Marin; particulars of advance. September 22, (No. 89.)—Reports operations before Monterey. [Published in Senate
Doc. No. 1, 2d session 29th Congress; not here copied. September 23, (No. 90.)-Operations of 22 and 23d. [Published in Senate Doc. No.
1, 2d session 29th Congress; not here copied.]
1846, September 28, (No. 92.-Departure of the enemy; reports from General Wool of the
15th of September. October 6, (No. 93.)—Discharge of Texas mounted volunteers; 22 infantry ordered
Senate Doc. No. 1, 2d session 29th Congress; not here copied.]
1847, February 6.—Letter of Adjutant General, with papers marked
A. Letters from Major General Scott to Major General Taylor.
* Relative to transportation.
Memoranda for the chiefs of staff bureaus from Major General Scott, of the 15th
and 18th of May, 1846.
Letters from General Taylor. 1846, June 10, (No. 51.)–Refers to the great number of volunteers arriving at Point Isabel,
and the entire want of suitable transportation for a movement up the river. July 1.–From the Secretary of War to General Taylor, in answer, with memoranda
of the Quartermaster General. June 17, (No. 52)—From General Taylor ; no recent advices from general head
quarters ; failure in New Orleans to send out other means of transportation, or a master General's office, in relation to transportation for the same. Letters from the Quirtermaster General, after leaving Washington, in relation to
mail ; intelligence respecting the Mexican troops at Linares ; arrival of volunteers, (not those under the act of 13th May ;] can do nothing with them for want of trans. portation, and recommends that they return home ; has sent Captain McCulloch
towards Linares. June 5.- From Captain Sanders, of the engineer corps, to the Secretary of War; re
ports that he is sent as an agent by General Taylor to procure means of transpor
tation. June 24.-Quartermaster General to Captain Sanders, authorizing the purchase of
boats. July 2.—Captain Sanders to Quartermaster General ; has completed his purchases. July 5.-Quartermaster General in reply, with a note by the Secretary of War, and
statements of Second Comptroller and requisition clerk. 1847, February 10.-Secretary of War to the Quartermaster General.
February 18.-The Quartermaster General's reply. 1846, September 1, (No. 83.)–From General Taylor, complaining of a deficiency in the
means of transportation in the Quartermaster's deparıment. September 21.-From the Secretary of War to the Quariermaster General, enclosing
December 5.—Reply of the Quartermaster General.
application from the Quartermaster General for orders to pr«ceed to New Orleans
Secretary of the Ist October.
portation. November 26.-From Quartermaster General to Secretary of War, relative to trans
portation. November 23.-From Quartermaster General to Secretary of War, relative to trans
portation. December 3.-From Quartermaster General to Secretary of War, relative to trans
portation. December 27.-From Quartermaster General to Secretary of War, relative to trans
portation. · December 29.-From Quartermaster General to Secretary of War, relative to trans
portation. 1847, January 1.-From Quartermaster General to Secretary of War, relative to transpor.
tation. January 2.-From Quartermaster General to Secretary of War, relative to transpor
tation, and the deficiency of ordnance and topographical officers.
General's office in relation to transportation for General Taylor's army.
transportation for the same.
Wushington, May 13, 1846. Sir: Enclosed I send you a proclamation of the President of the United States, of this day, announcing the existence of war between this country and the republic of Mexico. You will act in reference to this change of our foreign relations, in the discharge of your official duties, so far as they inay be affected by it. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. L. MARCY,
Secretary of War. Brigadier General Z. TAYLOR, Commanding Army of Occupation
on the Rio Grande, Texas.
[Addressed also to generals of divisions, generals commanding military departments, and officers commanding posts.]
WAR DEPARTMENT, May 23, 1846. Sir: Major General Gaines having made calls on the governors of Alabama, Mississippi, and Missouri, for volunteers to be sent to your aid, you are informed that these calls have been recognised by the President to the extent of the number already furnished by them. You will receive them in the same manner as those embraced in your requisition. The department is not yet advised of the number sent to join you. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. L. MARCY,
Secretary of War. Brigadier General Z. Taylor, Commanding Army of Occupation
on the Rio Grande, Texas.
War DEPARTMENT, May 28, 1846. Sır: As it appears that Major General Gaines, in sending forward volunteers to Texas, has exceeded the call made by you for
that description of force, it would seem proper that this excess should be disposed of in such manner as to cause as little expense and embarrassment to the service as possible. The call of General Gaines has been recognised to the extent of the number of volunteers already sent to you, and you will therefore receive them into service. But as all these troops, as well as those embraced in your requisitions, have been called out under the act of the 28th February, 1795, which limits their term of service to three months, it is suggested that you organize out of that number such as may be disposed to volunteer for the period of twelve months, under the act of the 13th of May instant, until you may have a force of that description sufficient to meet your views and wishes, and then discharge and send home the remaining three months men. vernors of the several States, from which these three-months men have come, will be requested to aid you in changing them into volunteers for a year, under the recent act of Congress, by giving · commissions to those who (not having received them) may volunteer to serve as officers. Should companies, battalions, or regiments, of the present three-months men, organize and offer their services under the act of the 13th of May, you are hereby authorized by the President to accept and at once muster them into service. It is important that you should give the department the earliest information of your proceedings in this respect.
You are advised to prosecute the war with vigor, in the manner you may deem most effective. Not knowing what are the operations you propose to carry on, I cannot well determine the number of volunteers you will be likely to want. I am anxious to hear your views as to the measures you propose to execute. It is hoped that while the season favors, you will make such progress as that your troops may be enabled safely to occupy healthy positions before the less healthy season commences.
I wish to be favored with your views as to what should be the future operations of the army on the Rio Grande, and the movement you propose to make before the commencement of the rainy season, which is supposed to be such as may arrest or impede, for a short time, effective hostilities. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. L. MARCY,
Secretary of War. Major General Z. TAYLOR, Commanding Army of Occupation
on the Rio Grande, Texas.
Washington, May 30, 1846. Sir: Enclosed I transmit an order assigning you to duty according to your rank as brevet major general. I also send you a copy