(Special to the Chicago Journal.)
ST. LOUIS, May 15.
The Republican’s New Mexico correspondent sends the following from Santa Fe, under the date of April 27th;
“From the latest intelligence the rebel Texan forces and continued their retreat down the Rio Grande, and had abandoned their heavy baggage and artillery, and with pack mules had partially dispersed to the mountains, the main body going into the Mercora Valley, in the vicinity of Fort Fillmore, where, it is said, they have reinforcements. They are completely demoralized and cursing their officers, and I suppose are reduced to some 800 to 1,000.
“Col. Canby, with his force, some 2,000 strong is following in their rear, and some slight skirmishing has taken place.
“Col. Paul, with the first column of regulars and the Colorado volunteers, form the rear column. They are clamorous for a fight.
“Our news is that Col. Canby, with his entire force, is at or in the vicinity of Fort Craig and the most of the enemy are making their way south.
“Alburquerque [sic] and Santa Fe are now occupied by the Federal forces and Col. B. S. Roberts, U. S. A., is in command of the northern district and thus ends the conclusion of the redoubtable Texan invasion.”
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Saturday Morning, May 17, 1862, p. 1