(Reading this article made me cry, very painful to read.)
A correspondent of the “New York Times” writes from the
City of Mexico, on the 8th ult. (last), as follows:
Today occurred a scene on an out-of-the way plaza or square, which actually chilled the blood in our veins. Gen. Santiago Vidaurri, an old grey haired Mexican patriot, who had served for twenty-eight days as Maximilian’s Secretary of the Treasury, was discovered by the police at daylight today in the house of an American. He was rudely dragged through the streets to the city council buildings and condemned to be shot to death in the back at twelve o’clock, or in six hours time. The old soldier, aged sixty-eight years, never winced; he bowed his stately form in acquiescence to the doom so easily pronounced upon him, and asked only one boon, that he might see his son. “No you can see no son nor can you speak with anyone but officers and soldiers. “Gen. Slaughter (ex-Confederate) obtained a respite for him of three hours.”
At 8 P. M. today he was partly led and partly pushed through the Plaza de Armas, close by and under the shadow of the Grand Cathedral, and kicked while his hands were bound, through the two streets of Santa Domingo to a small public square of that same name, and there, in the corner of a square made by the angels of the ruins of an old convent, they blindfolded him, and placing him in such a position that his corpse would fall in scavenger’s offals, they turned his back to the troops and to the people, and literally tore the chest of the giant soldier of Nueva Leon into a sieve. Not satisfied with his death, the sergeant of the guard loaded a musket, placed it to his forehead, fired his piece, and none among the living could have recognized the brave old Vidaurri, of Nueva Leon, in the horribly mangled body lying there.
There are in prison in the old Convent of Incarnacion in Calle Cordobanes, two hundred of the notables of the 200 of those, who constituted the Assembly of Notables of 1863. There we go daily to see the wealth, and learning, the wisdom and intelligence of the land, for out of that convent prison there are not in all Mexico the equals in any respect of these 200 notables. They are doomed men, no doubt, unless foreign aid comes to their rescue, their property _______as fast as possible.
James Wright, an American, was in prison for having concealed General Vidaurri.
*Another very special Thank You to Mr. & Mrs. Benjie Castrillo for sending this along.
Keowee Courier (Pickens Court House, S.C.), August 24, 1867, Page 1