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H * Frovi $he Saturday Courier.
&|gBi&egends of the Revolution.
'/' pmlsKi. |
!f; It was at the battle of Brandywine that
I lilt Pulaski appeared in; all his glory,
be rode charging there, into the thickest
tie' battle, he was a warrior to be looked
n but once, and never forgot
founted on a large black horse, whose
md beauty of shape made you forainness
of his caparison, Pulaski
pith a form six feet in height, mas:
ana limbs ef iron, was attired in
mform, that was seen from afar,
y the black clouds of battle. His
with the scars of Poland, was the
I man who had seen muuii tiuuulc,
much wrongs- It was stamped
expression of abiding melancholy,
in hue, lighted by large dark eyes;
lip darkened by a thick moustache,
it and chin were covered with a
jaru, while his hair fell in raven
from beneat his trooper's cap, shields
a. ridge of glittering steel.
word that hung by his side, fashion-;
ipereft steel, with a hilt of iron was
u^varj-inr_alone could lift. It was
.rray he rode toTiatiierlbHonyad.liv_a
three hundred men, whose faces,
ill the scorching of a tropical sun,
liv nnrttiprn snnwa. tinrp annroo
4| Bay a battle. They were mostlj Eu^fljttH&ns;
some Germans, some Polanders,
Hp deserters from the British Army.?
jWfetee were the men to fight. To be taken
H IpMMthe British would be death, and death
|^*Bie gibbet; therefore tliey fought their
flB'andfought to the last gasp rather than
uJJWnutter a word about "quarter."
^||wheii they chrrged it was as one man,
three hundred swords flashing over
^mp^ads, against the clouds of battle.
-came down upon the.enemj^r terrible
3gw8Kcfti without a word spoken, not even a
^B^-You coidd hear,th? tramp of their
r^SMH^ds, you could hear the rattling of their
^ fcWrds but that was all.
$g^.ctwhen they closed with the British,
J?^<;ould hear a noise, like the echo of a
i-xi-ai.^ ' ;'-:-i . ] }
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their backs
in the madness of pursuit?He looked to the
South for Washington, who, with the reserve
under Green, was hurrying to the
rescue, but the American Chief was not in
Then Pulaski was convnlsnd with rar^t?
He rode madly upon the bayonts oPthe
pursuing .British, his sword gathering victim
after victim; even "there in front of their
I whole army, he filing his steed across the
' path of the retreating Americans, he be!
sought them in his broken English, to turn,
to make one .more effort; he shouted in
hoarse tones that the day was not yet lost!
They did not understand his words, but
the tones in which he spoke thrilled their
The picture, too, standing out from Ihe
clouds of battle??-a warrior, convulsed with
passion, covered with blood, leaning dVer
the qeck of his steed} while his eyes seemed
turned to fire, and the muscles of his
bronzed face writhed like serpents?-that
ni/>tnrD T dov fill a/4 mow n V? ?? * U ?
^avkviiv) jl uuj j un^u maiijr a iiuaii Willi 11CW
courage, nerved many a wounded arm for
the fight again.
ThrtfiA rpffbntlnnr man ni?noil
MWVW ivbtvuHiig U1UII bUI UUUj lUtCU
the enemy again?like greyhounds at bay
before the wolf?they sprang upon the
necks of the foe, and bore them down by
one desperate charge.
It was at this- moment that Washington
came rushing on once more to the battle.
These know bii^|j|^ of the American
General who call him the American Fabius,
that is, a general compounded of prudence
and caution, with but a spark of enterprize.
American Fabius i When you
will show me that the Roman Fabius had
a heart of fire, nerves of steel, a soul that
hungered for the charge, an enterprize that
rushed from wilds like the Skippack upon
an army, like the British of Germ an town,
or started from ice nnd annw. Hlr? ihnt
which lay across the Delaware, upon.hordes
like those of the Hessians, at Trenton?
then I will, lower Washington down into
Fabius. This comparison of our heroes,
with the barbarian demi-gods, of Rome, oniy
iilueiratoG.iha.pauociy nL. i'nB
makes it. >. Compare
Brutus, the assassin of his
friend, with Washington, the Saviour of the
People! . Cicero, the opponent of jGataline,*
with Henfv^ th?? phammnn nf n nnnfihoinf '
.V^hat beggary of thought !.. Let us learn
to be a little independent, to know our great
men, as they were, not by comparison witK
the barbarian heroes of old Rome.
Let us learn ihat Washington wag%o
negativething, but all chivalry and genius^
It was in the battle of Brandy wine that
this truth was ttiade plain. He came rushing
ori to battle, lie beheld' his men hewn
down by the British he heard them shriek
his name, and regardless of his personal
safety, he rushed to. join tliem.
V es, it was in the dread havoc of that re
treat that Washington, rushing forward it^r
lo the very centre of t he melee, was en tan*
gletTitr t^e en emieV troops. on the top of a
high hill, souih-vir&t of the meeting- house,'
-wl)ile Pujaski Was sweeping on with his
a parting blessing among the hordes or"
Hanover. <
tir^i 8'?f,OU3 lUize? lll,s Mister j
Washington, in the heart of the British a*.
' j
; suddenly the, PoJander turned?biVeye '
?Whtr?* *'ShVpf tfle ir?n arid hi*ri-;
^ inted A) ttfia ;
And on he came?he and his gallant
band. A moment and he had swept over
the Britishers?-cnjsjied?^mangled, dead
and dying they strewed the green sod?&e
had passed over the hill, he had passed the
form of Washington.
Another moment! And the iron band
Whfifilftd Hurlr in iho coma I
? . . W> ... ?uv UUIUU Ul UCtlill
they came! Routed, defeated, crushed,the
red coats flee from the hill, while the iron
bands weep round the form of George Washin
gton?-they encircled him with their forms
of oak. their swords of steel?the shout of
his name shrieks through the. air, and away
to the American host they bear him itj all
a soldier's battle joy.
It was at Savannah that night came
down upon Pulaski.
Yes, I see him now, under the gloom of
night, riding forward to yonder ramparts,
his black steed roaring ololt, while two hundred
of his own men follow at his back.
Right on, neither looking to the right or
the left, he rides, his. eye fixed upon the
cannon of the British, his sword gleaming
over his head.
For the last time, they heard that war
" Forwarts, Brudern, Forwarts!"
Then ihey saw that black horse plunging
forward, his forefeet resting on the cannon
of the enemy, while his warrior rider, arose'
in all the pride of his form, his face bathed
ill a flash of red light.
That flash once gone, they saw Pulaski
no more. .
But they found him, yes beneath the enemy's
cannon, crushed by the same gun,
that killed his ateed,?yes they found them,
ilie horse snd rider, resting together in
death, that noble face glaring in the midnight
sky with glassy eye.
So in his glory lie died. And while
America and Poland were yet in chains.
He diecLiri ihe stout hope that both, v/ould
one da?&(B.i"ree. With Ve'gard to America,
ins aope-ua8 oeen luimieu, dui r'Oiana
Tel 1rae;^faalL not the day come, when
yonder monuga^t-?erected by those warm
Southern hearts^ near Savannah?will
yieldJUj) its dead ? _
?Jb'Of -i^oiana wjIITjS Tree~"iit last. as sure
as God is just, as sure ai he governs tlie
univ?rser .Then, when re-created Poland
rears her Eagle aloft again, among thebanners
of the. nations, will her children
come tdtvjBavannah, to gather up the ashes of
their hi ^ and bear hipi; home, wi ii the
cjiauht of Priests, with the thunder of; cannon,
with the tears of millions, even as repentant
Fi-arice bore home her own jXapo
leon^ ; ' ' ...
From the New O-rleans Bicayun*.
Camp on the Rio Grade ne ar PaloAito, )
January 30, 184^ )
Everything; here betokens fa iudden
ihorj&ment of the troops. Seventy days
rations have he^n issued, and order.' given
tthe in readme* at, a Moment's w,mmK.
Within a few days,if l am not great y mis-:
taken, Gen. Woirth^ division will ,be on
I have plenty of tad news to give you,
gentlemen, and very little that is pleasant
The fate of Gol. May's rear guard and
I baggage you have already heard of?but
intelligence has just reached this place, too
Dainfllllv triip nnrl vtroll
! J , j .x.u >IVI1 auuiciiWUItt'Uj
I which proves that the ^neray have opened
on us in enrnest, and their hatred is mortal.
On the 11th of January 1 met Lieut.
Ritchie of the 4th Infantry, but then acting
with the 2d Dragoons, on his way from
Saitilio, with ten dragoons, to Victoria,
bearing important daspatches to Gen. Taylor,
from Gen. Sccttand othrrs. It is said these
containe/l the whole plan of the operations in
which icc arc about to engage. While on
the load between Monterey and Victoria,
"but at what place I cannot learn, the party,
was attacked, young Ritchie was lassoed
and dragged across a cornfield, and the dev
spatclies carried off. The ten dragoons
were either killed or taken prisoners.?
uib<it iintiuc was one 01 iue mosi distinguished
find excellent young officer in the
army. His conduct at Palo Alto and Kesaca
won the admiration^' / the army and
he was much esteemeU for his talent.i, and
the excellence of his heart. There is little
or.no doubt of his death?still, whilst there
is a shadow of doubt, there is a hope.
A few days ago an officer of the 2d Ohio
Regiment, Lt. Miller is believed to be his
name, was murdered, at Chichironi, andawfully
mutilated. His heart was cut out
and hung.upon a shrub, to show us, I sup.
pose, how deeply seated was their hatred
towards us. I would like to have command
of two hundred mounted men, with unlimited
bower over rnnnlru Koturpon nnrrnl- !
vo and Gamargo. My first act would be
to shoot every man in Mier, then go and
burn every ranchor oh the route,Tor ten
miies right and left, and shoot every man,
to Oerralvo?-and then continue to shoot, in
that region, as fast as the made their 'appearance.
But here is news thaowH^cate a deep
-o<maation"ln lhe"States. The following letter
reached -jen. ;\Vortli last evening,.joJEcourse
there is no doubt about its correctness.
It is from Capt. Chapman, of the army.
Saltillo, January
I have only, tiine to write a word ?
Major Borland, of the Arkansas cavalry,
with 5(\ men, and Major Gaines and
Gassius M. Clay,. with 30 mun. were.suri
l ' 1 ' '
nriQOn Qhfl.' Aar\?ltvo/l ** **
[about 45 miles beyond SfiltjHo) oti tho
morning of the 23rd, by Geu. Minon. ^ |
He heard that Borland was there, and
marched from Matehuala,with ,500, cavalry
and took them without ;firing a. gun^
This is no .stampede. f
^C:v W.\W, CHAPMAJST._ ?
The above is all tfia-t has reached us on
the subject j; in fact, it>;is^ar endagh:-r.
Betweih SO and .90 of our men have been
taken prisoners,., and are undoubtedly at. ...
San Luis Pojosi ere this, The hatred of j
tUe. Mexicans is: so, inveterate, Ijowovpr, ,
against our volunteers, that fears are cater- y
will have to tell you of some waggon train ^ >i v
beieg captured, or some small party cut off. i
January 26, 10 o* clerk at night.?An ex- "
pres3 ha3 just got in from A Ida mas, to the
commanding officer here, with the intelli- . , .
genee that Canales was at that place with his
iorce, and that ho intended attacking a'train , * .'?||
of pack mules which left here a short time 'Q '
si ace for Monterey. Aldamas is about 40 / s
miles from this place. Yours, &c. F.
The court martial recently held at the
Brazos for the trial of Col. Harney, has ordered
him to be released from arrest- and
repremanded. We learn that Gen. Scott
Has rfilTUltn'f^ ?ViP nii-f
puitui kiua ocuwuiig^
but has reiterated his Tormar order to Coi..
H. It was thought, however, that he :
would recall this order^and per mi t the jfiol. . ''
to lead his regiment, we nave receivea^tfc?~ ""V:
full adcount of the trial, but cannot possibly . v
. Monstrous Musqtjitoes.?-Sir Francis S. ,
B Head, in " The Emigrant'?after spea- *28 j
king of the bull-dogboldness of the mosqui- . ^
loes in Upper Canada?relates what he
had heard concerning the sadae " birds" in '. V'llH
Michigan: .. ' tSOM
"An American living near the Grand
River, Michigan, told the following story
concerning the mosquitoes: Being-in" '.the
woods, he was one dav so nnnovprVKxr tV>o?v?
that he took refuge under a 'potash ketUewI^^^J^BI
His first emotions of joy at his : happy
liverance, and secure retreat were
but soon they found; him, . and.
drive their probosccs through the kettle. -'
Fortanalely he had a hammer in his pocket, *
and he clinched them down as fast as they ItiSK
dame through, until at last such a host of ;
them were fastened to the poor mail's dorni-' ,
cil, that they rose ond flew away with; itv*SE|
leaving hira shelterless.
After this let,New Orleans ceasfe to bttjff
vi ui/t- tuuoi^uiiucs mat uatTy r
about with them to sharpen their bills^ppn.
They arc mere insects to the rnonsteta<(5i^^^^^^?H
Cheaper Still.?President Polk, has
intimated that Jhe cun close the Mexican .
war if Congress wijl place at hisi disposal ':!'^?E3
three millions of dollars. This does not inelude
a'pprppriations for the arrnv and other
incidental expen^^^sucli* iifittifcfl out a -.V^B
minister; quite a .T^asonablo;v;pf-*
^r,_althoi^i ^ ^
herfhilMo tennWiauTthe ^war^him^
th^ United States. If this propositimfi*

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