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refers to as "the southwest pass of the Mississippi."31 There, in
quiet waters, the camels were safely transferred to the Fashion,
on May 10, "in better condition than they were when they came
The camels were transported on the Fashion to Powder Horn,
where they were landed on May 14, 1856. "On being landed, and
feeling once again the solid earth beneath them, they became ex-
cited to an almost uncontrollable degree, rearing, kicking, crying
out, breaking halters, tearing up pickets, and by other fantastic
tricks demonstrating their enjoyment of the liberty of the soil.
Some of the males, becoming even pugnacious in their excitement,
were with difficulty restrained from attacking each other."32 The
camels were driven at once to Indianola (now Port Lavaca), where
they were put up in a stable erected for them by the Assistant
At Indianola, a telegraphic dispatch from Jefferson Davis was
received stating briefly that Lieutenant Porter was to make another
trip for camels in the storeship Supply. By May 28, 1856, Porter
was in New York, ready for sailing again to the Levant. Major
Wayne remained in Texas to take care of the camels. "I should
be loath," he wrote to Major-General Thomas S. Jesup, U. S.
Quartermaster General, "to leave the camels already imported in
the charge of persons unacquainted with details of their habits and
management, and who have not systematized a plan for their
employment which would fulfill early the national purposes that
induced their importation."33
Porter arrived in Smyrna in the early part of November, pre-
ceded by the indefatigable Mr. Gwinn Heap, who had all of the
camels purchased and fully equipped with new saddles and covers,
so that there was nothing left to do but ship them. Forty-four
camels were loaded, and the Supply left Smyrna for the mouth
of the Mississippi on November 14. Word was sent to Jefferson
Davis by Porter that the Supply should reach its destination on
January 20, 1857, where a steamer should be waiting in order
that the transfer of the camels might take place as soon as possible.
"lReport, 103. Ibid.
82Report, 98. Wayne to Davis, Indianola, May 14, 1856.
88Report, 99. Indianola, May 17, 1856.
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