THE FRENCH IN MEXICO.—ATTACK ON PUEBLA.
Upon the 27th of March a bombardment was opened upon Fort Jarvier and the Penitentiary, which was well fortified, and continued until the 31st, when a breach was made and the Erench troops advanced and carried the positions by storming. Erom thence the storming parties pushed on, taking successively at the point of the bayonet two other fortified positions, and presently entered the city. They fought their way through the streets, which were barricaded, and captured the Piazza de Annas and the Cathedral, which were strongly fortified. These positions being carried, the Zouaves and soldiers of the 99th regiment of the line, assisted by the sappers, made their way through the houses and dislodged the Mexicans, who defended them with great bravery, fighting desperately from house to house. The Erench loss is reported to have been 150 killed and 500 wounded. General Vernet de Saumiere is among the killed. The Erench have apparently made considerable progress at Puebla, having ejected the Mexicans from the suburbs oi' San Josef, Guadaloupe, and Loretto.
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