Sheridan: “Brownsville is again in possession of the Federals”

I am in Chicago, visiting a fair to raise money for disabled soldiers. I have just received word from Gen. Sheridan that we are making progress in Texas.  It appears that the rebels are selling their arms to the forces supporting French imperialism in Mexico.  He writes,

Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT,

Washington:

The following telegram has just been received from South Pass. It is not official, but I deem it correct:

[Special, True Delta.]

JUNE 8, 1865- 8 A. M.

Brownsville is again in possession of the Federals. Brigadier-General Brown entered the town at the head of his forces at daylight on the morning of the 31st of May. The Confederate forces did not await their arrival, but unceremoniously left the day before, first selling their artillery to the Imperialists in Matamoras. Slaughter’s forces are scattered. he is at the head of a marauding party, levying taxes upon cotton from the interior. The forces of Cortina were hovering near Matamoras on the 22nd. Mejia marched out their to drive him out. It was rumored in Brownsville on the 30th that the Imperialists were driven instead. Health at Brownsville and Brazos excellent. Business at Matamoras at a standstill. Steam transport Patron left Brazos at noon 3rd instant. H. G. Agnew commands. P. S. Rushwood in Brownsville heard report that Galveston had surrendered.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General.

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 15, p 128

O.R., I, xlviii, part 2, p 813-4

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