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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
munition gave out and the Yanks turned on them
and everlastingly gave them fits. But the thing
that made us mad, and made us curse and swear,
was that the troops who were sent to support
Pyron stood off and saw him and his men shot
down, and did not go to his relief.
July 12, 1888
The Mosquito Fleet by R. Howell
Majors on his way down from the
Fordoche, captured seventy prisoners, but as
this is only a history of the doings of Green's
brigade, we have have nothing to do with his
movements, farther than Pyron's regiment (2nd
Texas,) as it was one of us. Oh! if we'd been
there old 2nd you would not have been without
After firing a few rounds into Pyron's regi-
ment, the enemy spiked their cannon, aban-
doned the fort and skeedaddle for New Orleans.
From the Bouef Green was ordered to send
one regiment to Raceland, and with the bal-
ance of the division proceed to the Mississippi
river at Donaldsonville, he sent Boone with
Waller's battalion at Raceland, and the balance
of the command went to Donaldsonville, arriv-
ing there on the evening and night of the 27th.
And here on the morning of the 28th we
had our 42nd round with the Yanks, and for
the first time in all our bouts with them we
have to acknowledge a clear "knock-down,"
and give them the round for we got badly
whipped in the fight, lost many men and offic-
ers, Lt-Col. Shannon, of the 5th, got into the
fort and was captured, sent to Johnson's island
and kept there the balance of the war. Major
Ragsdale, of the 5th, was killed. For two hours
in the darkness we fought across the stockade,
our muskets and those of the enemy clashing
each other as we'd level to fire. Our ammuni-
tion gave out and we sent brickbats among them,
and they returned them.
Green findly ordered a retreat, which a
portion of us did not hear, and we remained in
the outer fort, after day light, Capt. Hall, of
the Madison regiment who was the highest of-
ficer there, commenced tieing his handkerchief
on his ramrod, to answer as a white flag. Ed
Mathews, of Co. A, of the 5th, cried out, "all
who don't to surrender follow me," and off he
started, and we after him, up the river, we first
started on the east side of the levee, but they
popped it to us so heavy from the fort, that we
crossed the levee next to the river, then the gun
boats turned loose on us, and over the levee we
went, and the fort commenced peppering us
again, and we swapped sides again. I reckon it
was great fun to the Yankees but we did not see
the fun, after we had seesawed this way sev-
eral times Eb Mathews drew a long breath and
cried hurrah boys we are making better time
than Frank Newsome and Cotton did down that
lane, and we hurrahed.
Gen. Green has been blamed for this fight,
he was ordered to do it, a conversation was
over heard between him and old Gotch that
night, in which he did not want to make the
fight, but considered his orders peremtory,
while old Gotch advised him not to make it as
it would only result in the death of some of the
best men he had. But he considered his orders
absolute. Gus Wilkins of Co. E, of the 5th,
who at the time was one of Col. Green aids,
overheard the conversation.
The Battle of Galveston by Laughter
The Capture of the Diana, by Davidson
July 19, 1888
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