Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 9, Number 2, May, 1999 Page: 112
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heart, or daughter, (and these things all occurred
but thank God they were only exceptions,
among department commander) it made the
heart of that old soldier bleed, and he longed to
lay his aching weary bones down, and die.
Gen. Taylor spends much of the time, in
his book showing that Gen. Smith made inex-
cusable mistakes. In that I heartily concur with
him and I further say that, his mistake in taking
Price's and Churchill's divisions away from us
at Pleasant Hill, and leaving us with eight thou-
sand men to surround and capture thirty thou-
sands, was a mistake so gross as to raise doubts
of its sincerity, but other mistakes equally gross
equally inexcusable-were made by other de-
J. Bankhead Magruder made grosser and
more inexcusable mistakes. How was it that,
during the whole of 1863, from the 4th of Janu-
ary, Boone first began discussing matters with
the Federals, that we were permitted to be con-
fronted with overwhelming numbers when
Magruder, with Elmore's, Griffin's Speight's,
Cook's, Bates', Likin's, Ireland's, Terrel's,
Debray's, Buchel's, and a host of others regi-
ments, were almost in hearing of our guns? why
did he not come to our relief? It won't do to
say that they would not come, for I know the
men and know that they would have come if
they had only received the orders. It won't do
to say that they were necessary to defend Texas
for no enemy was threatening Texas; and be-
sides Magruder himself, said, that the best way
to keep them out of Texas, was to keep their
hands full elsewhere.
Why was it that the Granite City, Wave,
Sachem, Clifton, Uncle Ben, Harriet Lane,
Bayou City and a host of other boats, were ly-
ing at our wharves, armed, were not organized
into a fleet, and the entire blockade along the
Texas coast raised? The plan was suggested,
aye, and proposed by men who had never failed
to accomplish what they undertook. The brave
and gallant Lieut. F. W. Trimble entreated, im-
plored and even stooped to beg to be permitted
to head such an expedition. Was it feasable!
Let's see. The Granite City, with six guns and
the Wave, with eight lay in the Culcacieu River,
Sabine Pass was blockaded by two Federal ves-
sels. In the harbor lay the Confederate gunboats,
Sachem, Clifton, Uncle Ben, armed and three
others that could have been armed. What was
to prevent the Wave and Granite City from at-
tacking, aided by those inside, capturing those
two vessels? Then, after capturing these, what
was to prevent these combining, proceeding the
Galveston and in connection with our vessels in
the harbor there, make a joint attack upon the
five blockading vessels there, and either cap-
turing or running them off? And then what was
to prevent our whole fleet, combining, going to
the mouth of the Brazos, and either driving off
or capturing the two vessels there and so on to
every post to the mouth of the Rio Grande for
they did not have more than two vessels at any
one of these ports except Galveston. This was
what Trimble proposed to do, the enemy could
not have prevented it, but Gen. Magruder and
discipline or obedience to orders did prevent it.
On the one hand was the interest of the
bleeding south; On the others was patriotism
and devation to country, on the other was self-
ishness and millions in it.
Millions prevailed and we were treated with
the despicable sight of seeing two vessels, block-
ade one of our ports, in which there were five
armed vessels and several others that could have
been armed but the decree had gone forth and
the Lane and Sachem and Clifton instead of be-
ing blockade raisers, manned by gallant and
brave men, rejoicing in the sunlight of free-
dom, going forth to carry aloft the flag of the
south upon the high seas under the broad glare
of the noonday sun, were to be dismantled of
their gun, supplied with armed crews and be-
came blockade runners in the dark hours of the
cloudy night, when ever the little stars refused
to shine upon them. Perhaps he thought it was
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