The Hill Country Germans also refused to take such an oath, and as the Confederate Draft Laws of 1862 began to take effect, Texas authorities found no cooperation from the Hill Country. They sent in troops to sack and burn farms, and a group of over 60 Germans fled south to escape from Confederate Texas. At a crossing of the Nueces River, on this date, they were caught by Texas troops, and in the ensuing fight, 19 of them were killed. Then, the state troops shot another 9 wounded in cold blood.
—Gen. McClellan writes home to his wife Ellen that "If I succeed in my coup, everything will be changed in this country so far as we are concerned & my enemies will be at my feet." He also adds cryptically, that Halleck’s order for him to withdraw from the Peninsula is "a fatal error." Such officers, are "enemies of the country & of the human race." He even wishes for his comrades’ defeat: "I have a strong idea that Pope will be thrashed during the coming week & very badly whipped he will be & ought to be – such a villain as he is ought to bring defeat upon any cause that employs him." Such are the thoughts which rule the mind of the genius Little Napoleon.