Letter to Mexican forces regarding capture and threatened hanging of Colonel Peter Nickles of Texas. October 25, 1861
HDQRS. SECOND REGIMENT TEXAS MOUNTED RIFLES
Fort Brown, October 25, 1861
DON ANDRES TREVINO,
Commanding Tamaulipas Troops in Reynosa.
SIR: I have been informed that you, or the forces with which you are acting, have in your possession and power the person of Col. Peter Nickles, a citizen of the Confederate States of America, and that you contemplate having him hung. If he was taken with arms in his hands he is a prisoner of war and entitled to be treated in accordance with the usages of civilized nations. It is represented to me that he was only a spectator and took no part in the contest; in that event there is no cause or justification for his detention. I am confident that you will permit no indignity or outrage to be perpetrated upon the person of Colonel Nickles which would constitute a ,just cause of complaint on the part of the Confederate States, and thus endanger the amicable relations existing between them and Mexico.
I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,
JOHN S. FORD,
SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pg. 1391-1392
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