The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Micksch found that his horses had been mistakenly sent to the rear
at that point and Welhausen's section alone followed the infantry
charge. When McReynolds' sharpshooters reached the levees of
the pass they threw themselves prone in the high grass there and
directed a steady rifle fire on the decks of the gunboats fifty to one
hundred yards away. With Confederate field guns drawing closer
and casualties from rifle fire mounting, Master Lamson command-
ing the Granite City raised a white flag. His gunboat had fired
only thirty rounds while losing four killed and eleven wounded.7
Welhausen's section had lost one piece in deep mud during its
forward movement, but the other was hurried on to join the fight
against the Wave. So rapid was his second advance that Gunner
Walter von Rosenburg of the remaining cannon was forced to
call on infantrymen to help him position his piece. The can-
noneers quickly caught up to their gun and opened on the Wave
with one wounded artilleryman continuing his duties from a
kneeling position. Ammunition was brought forward from the
piece which had mired farther back in time for Welhausen to
order canister fired at the pilot house of the Wave when Lieu-
tenant Loring attempted to get up steam. Welhausen then shifted
his fire to the gunboat's engine room and soon punctured the
steam drum rendering the vessel unable to maneuver. Immedi-
ately thereafter the ship's thirty-two-pounder bow gun was dis-
abled by a direct hit on the muzzle. With ten wounded scattered
about the decks of his ship which was caught in a deadly cross-
fire Lieutenant Loring then joined Lamson in surrender.s8
Lieutenant Colonel Griffin boarded the Granite City and Major
McReynolds later accepted the surrender of the Wave. Both
vessels were found to have been riddled with shot from the con-
centrated fire of the Texans. The Wave alone had been hit sixty-
T1Reports of Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Loring, May 9, 1864, February 28,
1865, ibid., 250-251, 258; C. W. Lamson to My Dear ---, May 8, 1864, in J.
Thomas Scharf, History of the Confederate States Navy From Its Organization
to the Surrender of Its Last Vessel (Albany, 1894), 527-528; Houston Daily Tel-
egraph, May 11, 1864; Houston Daily Telegraph Supplement, May 11, 1864; C.
Walter von Rosenburg to William C. von Rosenburg, May 1o, 1864, in von Rosen-
burg, "Calcasieu Pass," Confederate Veteran, XXVI, 516.
lSIbid.; reports of Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Loring, May 9, 1864, February
28, 1865, March, [1865], Oficial Records, Navies, Series I, Vol. XXI, 250-251,
254, 255, 258-259.

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