The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962 Page: 252
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
January i and 2, 1863, was evidently to his wife Alexia. The letter
dated January 4, 1863, is the official military report Cupples sub-
mitted on the battle of Galveston.
General Hospital in the Convent,4
Galveston, Jan. 1, 1863. 7 p.m.
After frightful fatigue and suffering from cold the night I wrote
you from the Telegraph Office at Virginia Point,5 I went to work
not having slept five minutes, and organized the service for the field
and for the Hospital. At 9 o'clock left Virginia Point, crossed Kilory
Bridge," 2 miles in length, riding Bay-o, and Bartok afoot. Before
leaving the General' sent for me and desired me to call at the convent,
which I had selected for the Hospital, and to offer them the use of
the Ambulances, 8 in number, to remove them to a place of safety.
At half past three I told them they could remain or stay as they
thought best, but advised them to remain as there would be little
danger at that point. They decided to remain and gave us very large
rooms capable of accommodating each 40 wounded men. Every thing
had to be opened, and organized; at 5 the fire opened, and the
heavens were in a blaze; musketry and heavy guns, pop, pop the rifles,
and roaring, rushing, and finally exploding in the air or on the vessels
the shells-The wounded began to come in very soon after, and the
first was a Lieut.8 of Cook's Regt. of Heavy Artillery, a fine young
fellow, Son of Genl. Sherman, mortally wounded; he died in an hour.
The next was a frightful wound of the abdomen also-died in two
hours-in the grey of the morning. I went up to the third story to
see our boats attacking the Harriet Lane,9 one of the model vessels in
the Federal Service. It was a splendid sight, the blaze of musketry
incessant and the vessels and water looking like Stereoscopic views.
Presently we saw one of our boats run bows on to the Harriet Lane,
and hit 8 heavy was the fire. Then the [fire] from their guns ceased,
but the small arms rattled again while our Batteries gave them fits-
aThe Ursuline Convent in Galveston was established in 1847 by a group of
Ursuline nuns from New Orleans.
oVirginia Point is on the mainland side of West Bay across from Galveston Island.
"In 1857 a bridge for the Galveston, Houston, and Henderson Railroad was built
from Virginia Point to Galveston Island, and was the only one in existence in 1863.
7Major General John Bankhead Magruder, commander of the Confederate District
of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, was a United States Militray Academy graduate
who had served in Texas prior to the Civil War. He had commanded a division in
Virginia before being sent to Texas in the fall of 1862.
sSidney Sherman, Jr.
9The Harriet Lane, named for the niece of former president, James Buchanan,
had been a United States revenue cutter prior to the Civil War.
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