The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 42
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used as a custom house, and the other a small office, everything
else had been burned and the whole coast was cleared for action.
Our keel boat has quietly slipped down under cover of the bank
and lodged in behind the custom house, to which point we were
immediately ordered to repair. It may well be supposed from
their mode of firing that the bullets were cutting the air in every
direction. We had however by this time learned one thing, and
that was in some measure to escape the shot of the nine pounder.
She was so much elevated above the musquetry that we could all-
ways distinguish her flash and immediately fall flat to the ground
until she fired and then up and on again-by this means we fre-
quently saved ourselves from destruction. Captain Austins com-
mand took shelter behind the custom house in order to prepare
for carriage the things necessary for the breast-work, and my own
command halted some fifty yards to the left in the open plain all
lying close to the ground and waiting the movements of the other
company. So soon as I found them in motion I immediately took
up the line of march direct for the fort with a brisk step, and
marched in front of the other company. We were then within one
hundred and fifty yards of the fort. Captain Austin had from some
unfortunate neglect put his company in motion too soon and was
compelled to call a halt and at the same time halted very nearly all
of my company without my knowledge. Never having looked back
from the time I took up the line of march I did not know what
had happened, until I halted within a few feet of the ditch, where
I expected to form the line, when to my surprise I found I had
but five men, what had happened I could not tell, I stooped low
to get the light of the Gulf and river but could see nothing in
motion. I concluded that they had received a destructive fire and
were killed and dispersed. The fire during all this time was tremen-
duous, and the place I occupied was truly a warm one, and [my
men being] too few in number to effect any thing I retreated back
to the keel boat where I soon found out what was the matter, had
some little altercation about it, but proceeded to rejoin the com-
pany took up the line of march under a tremenduous heavy fire,
and without sustaining the slightest injury planted the palisades
within thirty paces of the fort so that their nine pounder could not
be depressed enough to bear upon us, but [we] were compelled to
stand the four pounder and musquetry. It was understood that
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911, periodical, 1911; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101054/m1/50/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.