The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 41
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Reminiscences of Henry Smith.
forded them protection from the breast-work. This was the con-
templated plan of attack, and every thing ordered and prepared
accordingly. All things in readiness we took up the line of march
about eight oclock at night, and reached the bayou and their
awaited the arrival of the vessel. The wind being high and con-
trary she could not get down so we were compelled to return to our
encampment which took up very nearly the whole night. The
next night however, was a calm clear star light night, and the
second attempt was made with success. The company ordered to
bring on the action marched in front and crossed the bridge first
and continued on to their destination, the balance crossed over and
obliqued to the left halted and lay down on the grass awaiting the
time for further action. Our vessel presently rounded the point
and hove in sight, all was yet as still as the grave, as soon however
as she had cleared the point so as to be discovered from the fort,
it was ascertained that the enemy was not asleep, they let off their
nine pounder and threw a double headed shot through her rigging,
but she sustained no injury. We were lying directly in a range
between the fort and vessel and the shot passed immediately over
our heads. The stillness of the night, the flash and report of the
gun, and the peculiar noise of the ball, caused thoughts to hurry
through the mind, the pulse to vibrate and the blood with an un-
usual flow to thrill briskly through the veins. This was the sig-
nal, not only that there was an enemy there, but that he would
fight. It was not long however, before our own company opened
a full volley on the fort. Issue was now joined and the battle
commenced. The tide was setting out and the vessel soon got to
her moorings and opened her battery also. The sight was truly
sublime and the effect thrilling. The fort was a complete circle
enclosing but a small area so that it was full and completely
manned. The nine pounder was planted on an elevation in the
center of [or] perhaps, ten feet above the musquetry. As soon as
our company opened on the fort it seemed to ignite instantaneously
and flame like a volcano. And from that time until the battle
ended, the fort seemed to emit one continued blaze of fire-directed
to all points. They had burned all the houses but two, one was
xFor a description of the fort at Velasco, see THE QUARTERLY, I, 282-284.
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