The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 409
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The Battle of Sabine Pass
substituted, I suppose, for that of Indianola, which I suggested, and
we may now have the promised word of General Halleck. He will
have heard from Banks.
September 24, Thursday. Last July, on the suggestion of Seward,
I was in consultation with him, Stanton, and Halleck in regard to
Texas. .. I proposed a descent on Indianola. ... [Halleck] would
consent to nothing, nor any consideration of the subject, till he heard
from Banks; would then immediately notify Seward and myself. This
was at least two months ago, and the last I have heard from Major-
General Halleck, until we are now told General Banks organized an
expedition to Texas. Heighol the Sabine Pass?
Except for the capture of the U.S.S. Granite City and the U.S.S.
Wave on May 6, 1864, by the defenders of Fort Griffin, Sabine
Pass was relatively quiet and free from the disturbing presence
of a militant enemy until the end of the war. It was not until May
25, 1865, six weeks after the surrender of Lee's army, that the
Union flag was raised over Fort Griffin.
The defense of Sabine Pass in September, 1863, was unique
in America's military history. Approximately 45 men and six
guns, not only withstood 1,500 men on twenty-one ships, but
captured two gunboats and 300 of the men and sent the remain-
der fleeing back to New Orleans, so discouraging the Union
command that no further attempt was made to penetrate Texas
by way of Sabine Pass.
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