The Weekly Telegraph (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 43, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 7, 1863 Page: 2 of 2
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ed a council of officers to consult as to the best
coarse to pursue. A^out this time signal lights
were run up on the Federal vessels—white, blue
and red—the signals passing through the whole
fleet, from the Harriet Lane to the steamer off Pel-
ican Spit, After council, Major Smithconcluded
there must have something gone wrong on shore,
on account of no attack having been made, and
ordered the boats to fall back towards Half-moon
Shoals, and there await results. We waited until
four o'clock, when no attack having been made,
the conclusion was arrived at that the expedition,
so far as tbe land force was concerned, had failed;
and orders were given to fall back to Red Fiah
Bar, so as to be out of sight of the Federals by
daylight, that they might not see how we were rig-
ged up. The boats were put in motion about half-
past 4 o'clock, but had hardly gotunder way when
the attack began at Galveston, the flashes and re-
ports of the guns being distinctly seen and heard.
Major Smith immediately ordered a return to
Galveston, to use his own words "with all the
steam we could crack on," remarking, "We must
get there as quick as we can. and attack them."
We immediately put back, the Bayou City In ad.
vance. the Neptune and Jno. F. Carr following.
The cannonading from the shore and steamers
was incessant and unintermitting. As daylight ap-
peared,we were within less than a mile of the Har-
rrietLane. which was lying nearly abreast the rail-
road depot. The Bayou City hurried on with all
speed, and opened fire on a schooner (the old
Got. Rannells) mistaking her for a Federal ves-
sel. The next shot was aimed at the Harriet
Lane, and was Immediately responded to without
effect. The third shot was also fired at the Lane ;
and aimed to fire the fourth when the gun ex-
ploded, killing Capt. Wier tnd one or two others,
and wounding Capt. Schneider. The Bayou City
still pressed on. The Harriet Lane was lying at
anchor with steam on, swinging with a strong ebb
tide, bow to the west. I was instructed to en-
deavor to so hither as to allow the men a chance
to board. Going with a strong ebb tide, I dare
Dot run against her bow, so I endeavored to
strike forward of the larboard wheelbouse. Owing
to the position of the Lane and the strength of the
tide, I missed my aim, struck a glancing blow, and
pa sed by, the wheelhouse and upper works of the
Harriet Lane being very strong, tore off the out-
side planking of the Bayou City's larboard wheel-
house and side. Capt. Lubbock ordered me to
get around as soon as possible, and make at her
Meantime, the Neptune came Dp striking tthe
Harriet L.no on the starboard side, getting her
bow stove in, and causing her to leak badly, as I
understand. She then passed rounj under the
stern of the Lane, receiving her shots as she pass-
ed, and apparently made for the flat on the Gal-
veston side near the wreclc of the old steamer
Zavala. One of the shots «f the Lane struck the
Neptune's hull, causing her to take water fast.
She got on the edge of tbe channel and soon sunk.
By this time the Bayou City had rounded to, with
head up stream, and run into the Harriet
Lane, striking her fairly aft of the larboard wheel-
house, and running her bow so far under the gun-
wale and wheel that she could not be extricated,
and tho two Veasesls stuck fast together. As soon
as we struck the order to board was given, which
was Immediately obeyed. Maj. Smith, owing to
his experience as a a^ilor, being the first man on
board. Many of the boys failed in climbing the
netting, and oould not get over until they had cut
It away, which was soon done. As aoon as our
men appeared on the Harriet Lane, her crew de-
serted the deck and took to the hold. It was soon
made known by some officer on board that the ship
surrendered, and the crew asked to bo received
and treated as prisoners of war.
For some time after the Harriet Lane sur>en.
dered, th« other vessels-con tinned to fire, direct-
ing their fire at ih: Lane, the Bayou City and the
Neptane, although the latter had sottled to the
bottom. The Owasso came up to within two or
three hundred yards,and fired, several shots. An
effort was mvia to turn the Line's guns on her
but she was so listed they could not be worked
The Owasso soon fell back about a mile and drop-
ped anchor. About this time flags of truce were
seen passing about, and the firing ceased. After
the truce wa agreed upon, and before it had ex
pired,Qne steamer, I believe the Westfield, was
burnt on tho Bolivar channel side of Pelican
Spit, another steamer and a monar schooner got
out of the harbor. They were beyond reach. The
Owasso also steamed away towards the Point with
the white Sag flying over the gridiron. She was
hailed and fired upon, but kept on her way and
Special to the Htuston Telegraph.
Yusrina Point, 8 p.m., Jan., 1st 18C3.
At the close of tho most glorious day for Texas
In the present war, I have to recount the stirring
events which have made this day historic. We
have focght and thoroughly defeated the enemy's
fleet of about twelve vessels, capturing ODe war
steamship, tbe Harriet Lane, mounting six heavy
guns, (wo barques and one small schooner, causing
the destruction of another gunboat, the Westfield,
mounting eightheavy guns, while the remainder
of the fleet availing themselves of tbe privilege
and protection of a white flag, lgnominiously fled
the bay, leaving us 'undisputed possession of the
harbor". We have stormed'and forced the surren
render of the enemy's fortified position ou the
wharf, capturing 3C0 of the 42d Massachusetts Vol
unteers,under Command of CoL Barrel, also In
our hands, with their arms, etc,
Our Big now floats over the public buildings of
the city of Galveston, and every vestige of Fed-
a most heroic and dashing enterprise;'the enemy
_ ba&tesfl.l.'lQraughly defcau^n his own element,
and the Southern people hive shown that nothing
Is impossible to strong' arms and valorous hearts
The Yankee gunboat has now lost its terrors, and
the tolicy Inaugurated by Major Gen. Magruder
will become that of the South wherever our ene-
mies, trusting to their supremacy oil water, occupy
our harbors and des roy our cities.
A dark sight, i few hundred bold and determin
e<t men, a boat to run alongside, board them, and
the work is dona. The force composing tbe expe
diti-n against Galveston consisted of detachments
from the commands of Col's Cook, Elmore, Grlf
fin, PyroD, Rllt-y, Green and Bagby, and a detach
ment of cavalry from DeBray's Regiment, and
from the companies of Captains Bowles, Atkins,
Andrews and parent, with Wilson's a-d Pyron',
light tatUrlea, the other batteries being manned
by defechnent# from th« several command!.
The naval expedition consisted ofthe two old
bayou steamers Bayou Cltf, commanded by Capt
Lubbock, and the Neptune, Oipt. gangster and
SauUors, carrying each one gau and about 300
men. The boats were under the command ofMaj
Leon Smith The forces on board consisted of
volunteers from the regiments of Cots. Green and
Bagby, Sibley's brigade, with some citizen vol
nnteers. The whole under coa mand of Colonel
The land forces reached the front of the elty
about four o'clock. The night had been moonlight
until about that time ; bat 1 y the time our guns
and men had been pot In position on the Strand
and the wharves, it was quite dark, so much so that
the vessel* eoald not be distinguished.
The steamers John F. Carr, and Lacy Gwlnn as
hospttal boats, accompanied the expedition.
Among the land-forees were also to be seen a num.
ber of eiUaen volunteers who came forward to
share the danger* ofthe effort to wrest from the
toe the possession ef oar Mr Island City/ The
eolamns of attack were under command of Col
Debray add (ten. Scurry, tbe whole com
manded ny JtaJ. Sen. Magruder In person, Gen
Scurry holding the reserve.
Tbe Lucy Gwth was in command of MsJ, A. W
McKet—tbe Oarr, of Capt. Jno. Y. Lawless.
The above commands were led by their com
laandlng officers,except Hlmore's men, who were
led by Lt. Col. Abercomble, Col. El "n ore being ab-
sent on leave in the up country.
The enemy, if apprised of our movements, gave
no sign of alarm except the display of a few sig-
nals before we reached town. The first gun was
fired by Maj. Geu. Magruder, and in an Instant all
the guns along our line opened. The enemy were
evidently well prepared for our attack, and in a
few moments replied vigorously with grape and
cannister shot and shell. The scene was terrible.
Darkness hung over it, save when the lurid
glare from the cannon's mouth revealod for an in-
stant the dark monsters of the deep, vomiting
forth their sulphurous breath. The sounds which
fell upon the ear were awful. The whistling, rat-
tling grapo fell thick as hail. The shells came
screeching through the air, bursting with an
infernal noise ; while round shot and every other
kind of powder accompaniment added theirhell-
The crashing of walls and falling of timbers and
a constant raiii of bricks, mortar, roofing etc., as
the shells plunged through the houses and buret
within added to the crash of thousands of window
panes assisted to make the night of destruction
morehideous. Soon the keen whistle of minnie
balls was heard, and thus for over three hours
continue* the fight. Afterflrlng two guns with his
own hands, Maj. Gen. Magruder left the Strand for
headquarters, which had been established on
Broadway, saying, " Now,boys, I have done my
part as private ; I will go and attend to that of
Shortly after the fight commenced,a storming
party, under command of Col. Cook, attacked tbe
enemies fortified position, on Kuhn's wharf. The
Yankee troops there consisted of the 4-Jd Massa-
chusetts militia regiment, over 300 strong, com-
manded by Col. Burrell. They were upon the outer
end of the wharf, and had torn up the heavy planks
forming its floor for about fifty feet, making a wall
of these next to the Strand, behind wH.h a plat
form had been erected for riflemen.
Our men dashed into the water at the sides of
the wharf, and by the use of plank, succeeded in
crossing the gap—amidst an enfilading fire of grape
and canister from the vessels, which continued
with such fury that Col. Cook withdrew his men
to wait for daylight and renew the attack. The
two moBt formidable vessels, tlie Harriet Lane and
Owasso lay close in near the wharves, nd sent
broadside alter broadside among our men and into
It soon began to tell on car men at tho guns.—
Hera fell gloriously Lleot. Sidney A. Sherman,
unshrinkingly fighting his guns In a most exposed
position. Lieutenants Madden and McMaban were
also wounded, but slightly. Dr Fisher, attached
to Cook's Regiment as Surgeon, here proved his
devotiofl to duty b) his life.
A number of others fell, whose names I have not
learned; tut no officers, as far as I can learn.
The heroism displayed by tbe officers was marked.
Many of them threw themselves forward at the
greatest points of danger to stimu'ate and encour-
age the men. Some extraordinary examples of
conrage there displayed will make the names of
those who exhibited such a sacrificing spirit, ever
held in glorious remembrance.
Aporticnof the enemy's fleet was at Pelican
Spit. These opened a terrific enfilading Ore on
the battery and a working party, who had com-
menced to fortify Fort Point.
The battle continued thus until after daylight,
nothing having been heard from our steamers.
About 7 o'clock, (the atmosphere still being
dark and the vessels obscured by fog) the cheer-
ing intelligence reached us that the Bayr.u City
was alongside tbe Harriet Lane—that our boats
had attacked her—that our gallant boys had board-
ed and carried her and were flgh ing the other
vessels with her guns. Tbe partial cessation in
the enemy's Are showed that something was
wrong, and soon reliable intelligence came in
that our forces were In actual possession of the
vessel. As soon as the other vessels dis-
discovered the position of things, tbe Owasso bore
down on bur steamers and the Harriet Lane, p ss
Ing and repassing within a few hundred yards,
pouring In at each time a broadside. Our boys
gave her several murderous volleys with their
rifles and shot guns, sweeping her decks clean.
She then took to her heels for Pelican Spit throw-
ing shot and shell as she ran.
At this juncture, the Federal officers on the Dar
riet Lane hoisted the white Sag, and one of their
officers was allowed to go, accompanied by ore of
ours, to notify the commander of the fleet that if
the firing on the Harriet Lane and onr vessels
near her continued, every prisoner taken after-
ward would be put to death. Tbe commander
seeing that we held the men on the wharves at
our mercy, ceased firing, and tho fight here closed
Accounts stite that our steamers arrived within
a few miles of the city as early as one o'clock; but
discovering no indication of the p'esence of the
land force, they retired, gradually working back
somelSor IS miles. About 4 o'clock, the wel-
come boom of the cannon announced the fight
commenced. Putting on all steam, they hastened
to the scene, arriving within about half a mile of
the enemy Just after day dawn. The Bayou City
opened with her 33 pound rifle gun, while ihe
Neptune, as soon as- she got In range, pat in with
her two 94s. At the 5th fire the rifled gnn ex-
ploded, killing the gallant Capt. Wler, who had
nobly stood to his post, and slightly-wonndlng
Capt. Schneider. Nothing daunted by this acci-
dent, the Bayou City dashed boldly In ; but the
Harriet Lane managed to keep c ear. and only re
and delighted our people, and astonished and
humiliated our enemies.
Tho enemy in response to the emphatic declar-
ation made in reference to their firing on the sur-
rendered vessel and ita captors, sent a "flag of
truce." It was met by a demand for the surren-
der of the whole fleet wi'hln three hours, with the
concession that the enemy should have one un-
armed vessel to carry off the paroled prisoners.
Previooly, our reserve had been ordered up
and preparations made to storm the position on
the wharves. All the artillery had been concen-
trated to secure their capture or destruction and
the capture of the vessels lying under our guns
within the harbor. The Owasso and Clifton
meanwhile had evidently withdrawn from the
fight. The forces on the wharf seeing the fate be-
fore them, hud already hoisted the white flag, and
they now surrendered unconditionally. The
smallest of the steamers, said to be the Tennessee,
came up near to the Bayou City to communicate,
all the vessels in front of the St/and and at the
Spitnow carrying the white flag. The Owasso
meanwhile had got around the Point, and ere l-ing
flames were seen rising from the Westfield, one of
the most formidable of the gunboats, which had
got aground at Pelican Spit, while the rest ofthe
fleet in thai vicinity, three steamers and two sail
vessels, were seen ingloriously fleeing for the
gulf, their white flag still flying.
The Tennessee had already received our em-
phatic answer, that no better terms would be
granted, except that three hours more would be
given, if desired, on the score -of huinaniiy. She
had drifted out some distance and evidently deter-
mined to take her chances, now ran for dear life.
Our artillery opened as soon asher intentions were
made known, and sent after her compliment after
compliment ofehotandsheU; but though evidently
well peppered, she was enabled, by the nso of her
sails to escape and join her humiliated and discom-
fited consorts off the bar. She did not fire a gun
in answor to ours.
Unfortunately the Bayou City had got so entan-
gled in the wheel of the Harriet Lane, that she
could not be extricated in time for pursuit.
The enemy having entirely abandoned the Har-
bor and Spit, we were ieft to gather the fruits of
victory. These were the Harriet Lane, 123 men,
killed, wounded and captured, with three 9 inch,
one 30 pouu-1 rifle, and two 24 pound howitzei
guns, with a complete armament, magazine and
stores of every description; the 42nd Mass. regi-
ment, about 300 strong, with their Colonel, arms,
two flag3, stores, ttc.; the barques Elias Pike and
Cavallo, with their crews, guard, 700 tons of coal,
600bbls. of Irish potatoes and a complete outfit;
pilot schooner, of fine speed; the gunboat
Westfield, partially destroyed, carrying 8 heavy
guns, 6 of which we expe.t to save, as well as part
of the vessel and outfit.
Our own losses were very slight in comparison
with the results achieved. The victory was com-
plete. We shall soon have the Harriet Lane in fine
fighting trim, and then wo betide the Federal ves-
sels in the Mexican Gulf.
The capture of the Harriet Lane is one of the
most glorious feats of this or any other war. The
vessels attacking the fleet were nothing but com-
mon river steamers; but dash and courage made
up for naval strength.
Thus was ascompllshed one of- the most daring
achievements of any age. To Gen. Magruderbe-
longs the glory of having wrested the finest of our
seaports from the hands of the enemy. Let our
Government and Its people, stimulated by his ex"
ample, determine that Galveston shall not stand
alone as an evidence that the enemy is not invin-
cible on the water.
It is no part of your correspondent's task to say
who was most brave among the brave, or whether
any fell short of their duty. That tbe plan con-
ceived by Geo. Magruder was executed,is the great,
glorious fact dear to the country. There was great
heroism in,the part performed by the forces on wa-
ter, and tlifire was courage and determination in
the troops, who unsupported by the boats, met the
terrible flee o f the combined fleet throughout three
long hours of darkness. The co-operation of each
was necessary, and it is through this co-operation
alone, that we are enabled to point to the results of
our victory. To the forces on the boats, however
I believe, all concede the greatest share of glory.
Our killed aud wounded are between 70 and 8tl.
I'hat of the enemy must have been much greater,
as the loss on the Harriet Lane alone was over 40.
The Owasso must have suffered terribly from our
small arms, and we may well suppose that the loss
of the troops on Kuhn's wharf was considerable.
I regret to loarn the death of Lient. Harvoy
Clark, of Baylor's Brigade, a volunteer on the
Neptune. He fell at his gun, nobly performing
his duty. The wonndel generally are doing well.
Major A. G. Dickinson, A- A. General on Major
Geo. Magruder'sstiff, who was shot in the eye by
a piece of shell while gallantly executing an or-
der, will, it is feared, lose liis eye, but hopes are
entertained to the contrary. E. W. C.
ARRIVAL OF THE FEDERAL PRISONERS IK
Hoostos, January 2d, 1SG3.
It haying been given out that the Federal pris-
ers, captured in the recent battle at Galveston,
would be up on the'train this morning,ala.rge.con-
course of citizens assembled at tbe depot,burning
with curiosity to see the men who bad come to des-
olate our land, but who had suddenly been brought
up with a round turn, by the unparalleled gener-
alship of our noble commander. After waiting
some two hours in the rain, the assemblage was
ceived a glancing blow, in which the Bayou City „ratified with the sou «of the locomotive whistle
ovit: nnrt nf hor vhmtlhnniip o wbv - - -r—' ' . .
got part of her wheelhouse carried awa£.
Here came glori$uj*Jj^4irte^l^the double bar-
re lied ahet= gone and six-shooters, with which oar
eral rule lias disappeared from its midsr. TLbs by °\en were armed. Down went the men at the guns-
on the enemy's deck! Now came the Neptune
boldly opto her work. In wenther bow to thatof
the Lane—she also coining out of the butt some-
what damaged, part.of her bow being iorii dff; but
leaving the deck of the Lane newiy strown with
the victims of another bnck-kshot volley; As she
passtdaround under the slern of the Harriet Lane,
that vessel Svung around, gave her a broadside,
and down went one end of tho Neptune, a short
distance off. The Bayou city seeing the work be-
fore her, now went at it with a desperate will. As
she dashed in, the Harriet Lane came boldly
down, bent on the same game. A manoeuvre such
as a cool commander and-a thorough pilot alone
can make, and the Harriet Lane is foiled. A few
strokes of the wheel and the glorions little Bayou
City dashes into the wheel ofthe Harriet Lane, the
grappling hooks were thrown, ropes were grasped
by will>og hands, an hundred desperate men c^am-
bored in, sprang in and rolled in among the as-
tonished foe, whose ranks already thinned by
vo'ley after volley of buckshot, rifl* and pistol
ball,could ill withstand such a deadly onset as
was made. Fire minutes cleared the 'deck ; aery
for quarter arose ; the cry was heeded—the foe
surrendered, and the pride of the Federal navy
was in Texian hands. A<few moments more and
the men who had stood aroand the gallant, fallen
Weir, had one of her guns in battery. 4i The port
hole is blocked up, H cries one. *1*11 open one!1
says the br*ve mm at the gun, and off she goes
at the Owatso. who, meanwhile, was pouring her
broadsides at the tw vessels.
It was quick, noble and glorious work, that of
the gallant little Bayou City and Neptane. History
has no brighter page than that written by Magru-
der*s little navy aud army on this first day of Jan-
aary,eighteen hundred and sixty-three.
Pen cannot describe the emotions of the little
army, whieh for three long hours had watched
amid the storm of shot and shell for the flash of
their comrade#' guns, when the tidings came that
the brilliant plan of their chieftain was not foiled,
but that our boats were iu the fight. First came
the news that one of our steamers was sank, and
that another was alongside the Harriet Lane. Ou
hearts bid as hope for tbe rest; tnd the cheering
news spread that the vessel was oars. A half
hour of conflicting reports, aad the ofticial an
nouncement was made whieh has sinse electrified
and pressntly the train c ine in view. It stopped
«bant half a mile from the depot, where the Yan-
kees were landed, formed into line, and under
guard marched to the depot, and thence to.th-ir
quarters,where they will remain for the present.
The Colonel of the regiment, three Captains,
six Lieutenants, and 35'J non-compiisaiored offi-
cers, privates and sailors* are all that cou,l<i be
brougtft on this train. The balance, some 275,
will be sent up as soon us possible. Our reporter
was kindly permitted, by the officers in charge, to
pass the guard and mingle with the prisoners.
From them he learned thitthe regiment had been
in service only four months, And had been away
from their homes in Massachusetts only some three
mouths. They were mostly Americans; but an
occasional foreigner might bo seen among them,
mostly Irish and Dutch.
Those with whom our reporter conversed, wero
young men, and seemed very intelligent. They ac-
knowledge that the capture of them and their
fleet was ono of the most daring achieve-
ments of the war, but said that they (the Federals,)
«rere taken by complete surprise, beir.g
all asleep. They had not the slightest pre-
vious intimation of what was about to happen.
The booming of Magruder'a artillery, was the
first thing that aroused them to a senae of the re-
ality. After the boats were silenced and captur-
ed, resistance on the part of the land force was in
vain, they therefore surrendered before any dam-
age of any account had been done them. Only
one of their number was killed and some two or
three wounded, according to their own story.
They were all remarkably well dressed and accou-
tered, and all wore a healthy, but rather downcast
look. Some, indeed, held up their heads and ap*
peared us light-hearted us though' they were the
conquerors, instead of the conquered ; but the
most of them looked rather sober. Their Colonel,
a tall, slim specimen of a man, was much stared
at, but never lifted his eyes from the ground, as
jur reporter could see, during the whole march.
They expressed themselves much pleased with
Texas,and acknowledged that they had been very
kindly treated sicce they were made prisoners'.
Oue smart-looking yoang fetiow remarked that
he believed they were better offpr soners than they
were before, because now they had a prospect of
getting back home alive; and before it was deci-
dedly problematical! Several negroes were seen
among the prisoners ; one wearing bracelets, was
an escaped slave. One clothed in sailor's uniform
was very much observed, especially among the
boys in the crowd, who failed not to improve the
occasion for sport.
Tho appearance ofthe Yankee prisoners march-
ing up Main street, was novel in the extreme, and
was a sight which did one good to look at. Al-
though our people were wrought up to the highest
pitch of excitement, they conducted themselves
with becoming moderation toward she prisoners.
Occasionally a boy or two would hoot, bat aside
from this they wero not molested duriirg their
Altogether they were a fine looking body of men,
and ought to be ashamed 01 themselves for volun-
teering their services iu the villaiuny of trying to
subjugate a chivalrous people.
Houston, January 2 18G3.
The Bayou City arrived this morniugat6o'clock.
From those on board during the late engagement
at Galveston, we learn that three shells passed^
through the engiueer?s room, one of which did
some damage, and temporarily disabled her ; one
exploded near the engineer. Only one ball passed
thro* the mess room and pantry. The Bayou City
attempted to strike the Harriet Lane on the lar-
board side, but missed her, and the Neptune then
came to her assistance. Major Leon Smith then
made a dash; killed with hi3 own hands Capt.
Walnwright, of the Harriet Lane, and another
man by his side killed a negro standing near Capt.
J as. Dowland, clerk of Capt. Wharton. A.Q.. M.,
absented himself—plea of sickness—went on tho
Bayou City, and was the first on the Harriet Lane,
aud pulled down her pennant, and by ko doing
withstood the fire of tho enemy, llurrah for
When we saw the Bayou City l^ii.g at our levee
this morning, we did no longer wonder that the
Yankees run when she heaved in sight, for a more
rakish looking vessel never heaved in sight.
At 9 o'clock, a. m., the s earner Lucy Gwinn ar-
rived. She brought Major Dickinson, who was
wounded in the eye, by a shot,and the remains ot
Captain Weir, who is this day buried withjna-
Capt. McCormiek and P. A.Spickernagle, the
pilots, were as cool as any on board. They acted
their part with heroic firmness never surpassed.
Gov. Baylor Joined his old regiment as a private,
went down and joined his old company, now com-
manded by Col. Pyron, and at the first outset of-
fered his services to go on board of the Bayou
Our boys cut the netting of the Harriet Lane with
their long knives.
Only four men were killed on board the Bayou
City. These were killed by auexplo&iou.
Major Smith has gone on board of the Harriet
Lane with his bag and baggage. He has a right to.
Although the enemy thought themselves ready,
we fired three shots before they were ready lor
Every officer on tho Harriet Lane was killed,
down to the master.
The Neptune, which lies sunk on the flats, was
in bad condition before the engagement.
Capt. Weir was a member of Cook's regiment; so
was Lieut. Sherman.
Maj. A.M. Lea, engineer in the Confederate
service, was in the engagement. He had a son
who was a Lieutenant in the Federal navy, and
on board the Harriet Lane. He was isortatly
wounded,and only lived long enough to recognize
his father, against whom he was fighting, before
When our boarding party reached tho deck of
the Lane they were met by a boy Of fourteen, with
a pistol in each hand, both of which he discharged.
He was hit in the hand, losicg three fingers.
Tho crew of the Harriet Lane was made up of
the old crews of the Congress and Cumberland.
One of the officers remarked th;it it was a hard
case to be Merriinacked a second time.
This crew, however, as they were mirched off
the vessel, remaiked this is New Year's, our lib-
Capt. Wm. M. Armstrong went on board the
Lane after the battle, and found lying in the blood
on deck a Bible. He picked it up and remarked,
"Now 1 am going to open this Bible this new year's
day, and the first passage i read I will take as an
omen lor the new yean" He opened It carelessly
and the first passage his eye fell on was the 1st
verse of the 20th chapter of Deuteromoy, "When
-thou gQest out to battle against thine enemies, and
seest horses and chariots, and a people more than
thou, be notafraid of them: for tbe Lord thy God
is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land
ofEgyptl" It is a good omen as weliasamost
Among the volunteers on the Neptune were
Capt. Ford, of Terry's regiment, and Capt. A. Rid-
ley, Adjutant of tha.Arizona Brigade. The Cap-
tain has a splendid rifle presented to him by Gen.
A. S. Johnson for having safely brought him across
die plains. He took three fires with his rifle at
close quarters and emptied his revolver.
Capt. Ridley commanded a company of guides
under Gen. Johnson, and was with the General at
Governor J. B. Baylor fired the last shot at the
Owasso as she sailed off. He fired six shots from
a rifled cannon, four of which took effect. Capt.
Shoalwater, late member of the Legislature in
California, assisted the Governor in working the
gun, as did three privates whoso names the Gover-
nor does not recollect.
Capt. Shoalwater attempted to escape-with a
company, /rom California,, but was captured at
Warner's Ranch and imprisoned five months, but
managed to escape and came by land through Mex
Gov. Baylor saw the shot fired that started the
O wasco off so precipitately.
Thrde privates from among those who boarded
the Harriet Lane, took possession of a 24 pounder,
that had been deserted, trained it on her as she
came up towards the Harriet Lane, and the first
shot went crashing through her bow, when she
immediately backed eut and lea. It was the only
shot left for the gun. GcV^.B ylor was at Eagle
Grove when the fight began, and ran he entire dis-
tance, and first took part lii the "fight by assisting
Colt H. McNeil t6 place a Columbiad in posaition.
We are informed lhatLt. Sherman's men did not
leave their gun when ho was shot. lie was wound-
ed about the 3d round.
Capt. Fontain's men loft their guns under or-
ders. They had no idea of doing so until ordered
When Gen. Scurry demanded the surrender of
the42d they asked three hours time to consider.
Gen. Scurrj' replied, that if they chose to take the
fire of his batteries during the time they could have
it. They at once gave in.
The prisoners of the42d MassachnsetSB are lucky
fellows. Thsy enlisted four months since for
month. They have had to stand fire but once,
well clothed and will be well fed. By tho time
they can be exchanged their time will be up. They
will have spent their winter iu the Scuth, and will
be back home again in time to enjoy a northern
summer. Some men are born to luck and others
to be hung.
Ihe chaplain of the 42d is named 3anger. He is
a Univeraaiiit clergyman.
One of the Texians who boarded the Harriet
Lane, immediately on jumping aboard, graspid a
Fed by the collar, exclaiming, " Surrender, or I
will blow your brains out 1"—'The other replied:
41 You'd better look at me firstRecognition
was instantaneous: they were brothers I
A lad of eighteen years, of Pyrom's command,
who was anong the 44 boarders,'* did good service
with his double-barrelled shot gun, loading and
firing with tbe utmost coolness. He peppered one
fellow well with huckshot,who hollowed o«t to
him from the'Lane's deck, not to shoot any more.
An enormous shell from the Harriet Lane en-
tered the cab >n of the Neptane, Just as the latter
was first passYng ; exploded in the dense crowd of
men gathered there, waiting eagerly for tho mo-
ment to board ; aud killed 13 aud wounded many
moro. This terrible disaster, in so narrow a
pace, did not, however, daunt the epirit of the
men for a moment.
Col. Tom Green was as cool and collected as
was ever man, in the most dangerous moment,
lie exposed his person freely and fearlessly, y
Capt. Henry Lubbock had a shot gun and two
six-shooters ready, beside him, for use when his
stannch b? at should reach the Kane; but tl ey
were swept away, in an luttanl, by the rush of the
'• horse marines *' behind him, fierce for the fray.
He endeavorsd, but in vain, to keep some of them
b ck—fearing that the Owasco would board them.
The Bayou City came up to Houston with a big
bunch of cotton at her mast head, triumphing
over the Harriet Lane's ensign.
Lieut. Harvey Clark, who commanded one of
the brass pieces on the Nep une, belonged to
Baylor's Brigade and was engaged in raising an
artillery company for it. Gov. Baylor saw him a
few moments before he expired. lie said, in ans-
wer to his commander's question : " I am killed,
Governor, but I've done my duty.'* He was a
gallant soldier, and much esteemed. His remains
were taken to their iast resting place on Saturday
Capt. Weir was buried Friday afternoon. No
cooler or more intrepid soldier participated in
this desperate enterprise. He must have died
without a struggle.
Lieut. Sid. Sherman, of Fontaine's Co., was
among the first killed. He fell at his gun, and
lived about an hour and a half. lie was an only
son—the idol of his parents—the pride of the
heroes who made San Jacinto's field famous. His
last words are reported to have been : M Tell roy
dear mother I die happy—it is for my country!"
Ihe discharges of grape aud cannister from the
great guns on the gunboat were terrific. The dis-
tance between our men and batteries ashore and
the gunboats was not over 200 yards ; and most
of our artillery being light, with untried ariiller-
ists, it is wondeiful that all were not killed, or
that they remained at their pieces at all. The land
attack was at the best but a diversion—intended to
occupy the attention of the gunboats until our
boats should got at them.
General and unfeigned sympathy is felt for the ;
gallant Major. Dickinson, the General's Adjutant.
He wa3 leaving the thickest of the fray, we learn,
where he had been to carry an order, when in
turning a corner, a piece of shell struck him in
the eye. It is feared he will lose it. We most sin-
cerely hope he may soon be in the field again. He
went throngh the great Peniusul i and Richmond
campaigns under Gen. Magruder unhurt, distin-
guishing himself. lt is sad that in his first battle
in the defense of Texas he should have been so se-
Mr. Mcrriman, of this city, firm of Duling &
Merriman, was among the volunteers, and, we re-
gret to learn, was woundtd in the arm.
Dr. Holland of Galveston, and Dr. Howard
Smith (son of Gen. P. N. Smith) Gen. Holmes'
Medical Purveyor, wero among the Surgeons on
the field. Dr. Cupple, of San Antonio, (who
acted as Surgeou iu the English Legion that serv-
ed in Spain in the Car list Christiau War; was also
present, lie is in Sibley's Brigade. Dr. Shearer
Medical purveyor for this District and the other
regimental surgeons, had everything ready for
the wounded and exerted themselves dilligently
in relieving their sufferings.
Capt. Good, Ordnance officer on*Col.DeBra>'s
Staff, had an arduous and very responsible duty to
fill, and from ihe energetic manner in whiah he
has attended to his post here for a year past, we
doubt not he came up to the mark in the hour of
But we must not infringe on the priviliges of
the division commanders in mentioning particu-
lar officers, else we should fill a half column
Among the captured Massachusetts men is one
Yankee, a citizen of Galveston, who worked at
one of the foundries there. He was recognized
hereashe marched with his brother prisoners,
dressed in Lincoln's uni orm.
The Col nel of the Massachuseets regi meut is
rep jiteu to have shown himself a brave and good
List of Hilled and Wounded.
"Wilson's Battery— Woufided, K Linsacum, T
Fi-^mike, S H Smith.
First Texas Artillery, Co A—Wounded, Lieut
Sydney Sherman,mortally ;* John Smyth.
Co. B—Ord. Serg'tM A Davy; W m Gallegher.
Co.C—C Sandman, John Denkhart.
Co. E—Capt Tan McMahan:
Co. F—Lieut J K Madden,T Wilson, John Has-
eti', John G'.eason.
s Co. D—John Flartery, D Charles.
Second Texas Mounted Kifk-s Co. D—Wounded,
M J Digga, S M Wheat.
Elmore's Regiment, Co. A—*\>anded, W S
Sharp, John JIank.
Baylor's Brigade—Lieut. Harvey Clark.*
Griffins' Battalion, Co. C—^Wounded, J D Har-
mon, G N Stout, S H Bordwell, J W Ravels, T B
Bell, J Harrell, H Franks, M^ffocllitOne, Henry
Kenfrar, Isaac Kenfrar.
Co. E—F Kla&n, mortal y.
Fifth Texas Cava ry, Co. C — Wounded, J. N
Gilbert, J Courts.
Fourth Texas Cavalry, Co. H—Wounded, A Grif-
flth. C II Merriman, citizen of Houston,
Seventh Texas Cavalry, Co. I—Wounded, A
Dinkhard, J J Ward, Lieut.B F Brayles.
Co.G—J H Wi'liams,* W 11 Brazier, F Hardy.
Co. E—J C Madden-
Co. A—T Hobbs, *F M Scantlln, Wm O'Neal, R
Co. B—R naars, S Simon, W Simon.
Co. C—R K Cluck.
The following are those who died in the hospital:
Dr. A W Fisher,,J Self, J Haynes,T J Hampton.
BY THE tENTKARi TBAIS.
LIST OF KILLED AND WOUNDED ON
HARRIET LANE. .
Killed—Cart. J M Waihw'right, 1st Lieut. Ed-
ward Lea, James Pollock, John Hart, Hjenry New-
Wounded—Nickles, Ilagtrty, J M Cumington,
0'Shones8y,G K Day, WD Parker, F Morrell, act-
ing master Hamilton, acting master W LMonroe,
Lt. COwdou, Ordnance Sergeaut Wentworth, Mc-
Dermott, >ailor. Jackson, Frazer Herron, E F
Joselyn, E B Double. F S Nott, J Vindt, Emsley.
Many others slightly wouuded, but not iu Hos-
The following is a lirft of wounded from Galves-
ton, received iuto the Houston General Hospital,
up to J an. 4,1863:
Col. Green's Regiment, Co, C—Private J Courts,
knee, gun-shot, slight..
Cook's Regiment,Co. C—C Sandman, leg, shell,
slight. Co. D., D Charles, chip and ankle, shell,
very slight; John Flaherty, shoulder, shell, slight.
Co. F., Lieut, Jno Madden, breast, shell,slight;
Private Jno Hassett,breast, shell, srvere.
Bagby's Regiment, Co. A—Thos B Hobbs,
shoulder and face, shell, slight; F M Scantling,
hip, sp.inter, &lij:ht. John 11 Selvidge, face, shell,
slight. Co. G, WmH Bruzier foot, shell, slight;
Jack II Williams, leg, shell, slight. Co. H, Jas
D White, feet, by car, accidental, dangerous. Co.
I, Allen Driukhard, head, splinter, slight.
Reily's Regiment, Co. F.—Lucius Fitzgerald,
foot and breast, car, slight; Co. H, A Gr:fi|th, leg,
Elmore's Regitnent, Co.-A—W Sharp, hip, shot,
,eve_re. Co. B, Jno G Haak, mouth, sheil, severe;
~ i—Henry Franks, bead,.
" T B Bell, tbigli, shot,
private J \Y Kawis, fore arm, shot, se-
Wilson's Battery—private Silas Smith, thigh,
grape shot, slight. Citizen—Mr. Merriman,
(of D. & M ) arm shot, slight.
X* 1UJU L C B IVCj;! UlCllt) VW . A
acky severe. Co- B", Jno G Haak, m
niRe r Griffin's Battalion. Co. B—II
£ shot, slight; 0o.l£ Corporal T J
' slight; private J W Rawls, fo
Houston, January 3, 1863.
Mr. Cosbiko—A part of the statement of my
conversation with you about tne Galveston battle,
reported in your Extra to-day, is calculated to
make an erroneous impression." I did no' hear the
emphatic expressions attributed to Gen. Magruder
at the time of firing the first gun. At that time I
was not in position to hear or see what ho said or
did ; and I designed only to repeat what I had
heard publicly stated oy a gentleman on whom I
relied. Since then different statements have been
made. You will please omit that part of the re-
fiort, so that it may not be repeated on my author-
ly, in your regular paper, and also publish this
note. Yours, dec.,
P. W. GRAY.
ITT* Some of our cotcmporarieseastof the Mis-
sissippi are a shade too fond ef copying editorials
from this paper without credit. Anybody that will
make a practice o f this thing, has a degree of dis-
honesty in his com position-that woald render him
untrusworthy in any position. We shatl be sorry
to buliev.Q this of any of tho eastern editors, and
accordingly hope they will put a stop to the bad
Capt. J. W. Mangum, A. A. G. in Moores Brig-
ade, arrived on the Central train to-day, and has
placed us under obligations for several late pa-
pers. We are also indebted to Mr. Wr. D. Der-
ring, of Fort Bend county, for favors.
Sixty-four gunboats and eighteen transports,
were within eight miles of Vicksburg on the mor-
ning ofthe 2Gth. They were landing trooops at
Miliiken's Bet d, and took possession of tliat end
of the road on that day, cutting off communication.
Gen. Van I)orn captured one million and a half
dollars worth of quartermaster's and commissary
Healso took Gen. Grant's lady prisoner, but re-
If is also reported that Van Dorn has retaken
Corinth, lt is not confirmed.
The army ofGrana*la is in fine spirits and con-
dition, and the fortifications complete. It can
hold in check there at 'eastGO,000 men.
The women and children will not leave the city,
but will, if danger threatens, go into caves they
fitted up in the rear of the city. There is no ex-
citement there, but all are pursuing their usual
It is not currently believed that Seward has re-
After hanging the notorious "Red Bill, a "Thug"
ofthe worst stamp, Butler placed in arrest and un-
der s«ntence of death, Lucian Adams, Eugene De-
pratt and brother, and Bob Johnson.
The fortifications at Port Hudson are now com-
plete, and regarded as secure agaiust a large force;
Many of the troops are daily deserting from
Grant's army. They flay they were forced into the
army against their own will, and will not remain if
tbev can help it.
The troops all have the utmost confidence in
Gen. Joe Johnston, and his presence has infnsed
new life and spirit in the Tennessee and Missis-
Petersburg, Dec.24.—On Monday, Gen.Pryor,
with a small detachment, attacked a Yankee force
of seve al hundred stationed at Isle of Wight
Court House, to protect the election of a represent-
ative to the Abolition Congress. At the first charge
Gen. l)ix's protectors fled in great confusion, and
were chased ten miles at full speed. Our loss was
triding. General Pryor and his men afterwards
Richmond, Dec 24.—The Heram says neither
th. people nor the army will submit to Fremont:
Most intelligent observers believe the radicals
The Herald says Chase may be made Premier,
and R.J. Walker Secretary of the Treasury.
Fressenden and Daniel S. Dickinson are spoken of
The Herald intimates tha^ tbe troubles in the
Cabinet will involve the North in civil war If
Seward quits. Northern Capitalists declare they
will withold their support from the administra-
The forward movement on Fredericksburg was
peremptorily ordered, at Washington.
The Herald believes tne rebei army is falling
back to Richmond.
Burnsidehad not resigned on the 224.
The Herald says this is the darkest period in the
history of the nation.
The World exclaims : 44 Alas for-our country .
given over, it wo*ld seem, to the most ignoble
late that ever befell a country wrecked by imbe-
cility. The people have named a man to hold the
helm of State for years whom we must abide as
he is, and find in his drollery what solace we can."
Richmond, Dec. 24.—The Scotia has arrived at
New York, and brings late European intelligence.
The Times thinks the Democratic successes have
rendered the Federal cause desperate, instead of
Mr. Gladstone,in a letter to Professor Newman,
d-niestbat b*- expressed any sympathy with the
Southern cause,or passed a eulogy on Jeff. Davis
The French Government ha^ concluded a ion-
tract for the supply of the army in Mexico for two
years, from which a prolonged occupation of the
country is inferred.
Cotton has fallen. Distress is increasing in
England aud France.
Augusta, Dec. 24.—Jesse M. Lawsou, charged
with bank-note robbery at Columbia, broke jail
there Thursday last, and was last night arrested
here. This morning some notes, unsigned, were
found on him. He Is supposed to be one of a
Richmond, Dec. 24.—A fire broke out last r.ight
ih the auction room of Kobinson, Adams & Co., on
Main street. Several bales of cotton goods were
consumed. Loss $4000.
Chattanooga Dec. 23.—Two soldiers, names
unknown, were killed on Monday on the N. <Sc C.
R. K., by the turning over of a car. They be-
long to a battery being transported Scuth. and
were with their guns when the accident occurred.
The Louisville Journal ofthe 19:h has been re-
ceived ; speaking of the battle of Frederick- burg,
ii says it is painful. It is absolutely sickening to
road of the horrible slaughter of our troops at
Fredericksburg. The carnage was truly 'righiful.
And again,44tbe war cannot be carried on much
ionger us it has been."
The following dispatch occurs iD the telegraphic
column of the Journal, dated New York, Dec.
*l8ib': Gen. French went into battle with 7,000
men, and two days after the battle only twelve
A writer in the Philadelphia Enquirer, under
date of the 17th. places the Federal loss at 15,00:*.
Ex-Governor W. H. Ously, of Kentucky, died
on the 17th.
Charleston, Dec. 22 — The blockaders have
b*en increased to thirteen sail. A large British
ehip touched off the harbor this morning
The Gouzaleslnquirer mentions a young lady in
that county who has four brothers in Waul's
Legion. Hearing that they were in need of cloth-
ing, she spun and wove sixty yards of cloth and
eight pair of pants and six shirts ready to 6end
them in four weeks. The days of '76 are thus be-
ing repeated by the noble Women of the Confede-
racy as well as b£ the heros of tho Revolution in
The News Extra of Monday afternoon furnishes
the following ;
Richmond, Dec. 24.—Advices from Fredericks*
burg say that the enemy have mostly disappeared
from the river.
A gentleman, nrrived here to-night from the
North,, states that the reaction of popular feeling,
defeat of Barnside. The peace party has become
most formidable * Men no longer fear to express
their sentiments. Bets are freely offered that the
result of the war would be favorable to the ~outh.
He confirms tne statement that Confederate bonds
were selling iu New York at 50 cents on the dol-
lar with an upward tendency and were in demandw
Muri reesborocgh, Dec. 24.—Gen. Rosencranz
has made a peremptory demand upon Gen. Bragg
for the return of twenty-five prisoners, alleged to
have been captured on the loth inst., and pending
the fi g of truce for ihe parole of pi i oners, who
were forcibly detained under arrest beyond time.
Rosencranz claims thai a truce existed and de-
mands an apology for the insult. He further re-
fuses correspondence with Gen. Eragg, until the
prisoners are rjstorod. And so the matter is
likely to remain.
Two executions will occur here on Friday—one
to be shot for deserilon, aud a other will be bung
asaspy. Four or five others are also under sen-
tence of deaih.
Richmond, Dec. 24.—A special dispatch to the
Enquirer from Fredericksburg, says Sunday after-
noon, after mathre deliberation. Lincoln sent
a joint note to Seward and Chase, to the
effect that the Government could not dispense
with their eervices, and asking them ro resume
the duties of their respective departments. This
they have both done, and the Cabinet crisis is
Burnside has written a letter admitting bis own
responsibility for the failure in theattaeK at Fred-
ericksburg. He exonerates Lincoln, Hallack and
Senator Pearce, of Maryland, is dea*.
In the House, on Monday, Yallandigham offered
a resolution looking to peace* which lies over.
Richmond, Dec. 27.—Major Jasper S. Whiting,
Assis't Adj't Gen. of the Cv nfederate States army,
died in this city yesterday morning.
Chattanooga, Dec. 57.—Parties from Murfrees-
boro'report that Geo. Morgan has taken Tomp-
kinsville, Ky.. capturing 1201 prisoners and 100
bead of cattle, which he sent to Murfreesboro1.
Greely's New York Tribune says that44 the Con-
federate States must be recognized. There is ro
chance to whip them. Peace is the only panacea
for the present difficulties."
Corn for the West.—Corn is now selling fo
$16 a bushel <Jn the Nueces, aud the poor there
are starving. There is some 4000 bushels of corn
in the hands of Mr. Mitchell, who may be address-
ed at this j.lace, care Thos. Sims, Esq., which was
purchased sometime sihee, and which will be put
in at cost, provided wagons can be fonnd that will
haul it out. There is an a- undauce of freight in
Brownsville to come this way. We suggest to
planters that they furnish teams to haul this corn
out at a fair price, and get a back freight of goods,
and so dp two good things at once. Permits for
this purpose can be obtained without difficulty.
E. H. GUSHING, Editor and Proprietor.
Houston. Jan. 5tb, 1863, 11 A. M.
ADMINISTRATOR'S NOTICE The under-
signed having been appointed v the October
Term ofthe County Court of Wsshineton Connty,
AdiDiiiixtralor of the .estate of \V. W. Lewis, de-
ceased, all those hnviDg claims on said estate will
present the same as prescribed by law, and those
indebted will please come forward aud settle
Jan? wtlt - S. K. LEWIS, Adin'r.
happy new year !
We-come before oar readers this New Year of
our Lord, 1863, with joyfol greeting*. In our own
State, onr brave Texas boys have illustrated the
name they bear by one of the most brilliant affairs
of the war. They have received their new com-
mander with an open welcome, and they have
shown him that he has but to point the wiy, and
whatever is iu the compass of human bravery to
be done, and human power to accomplish, they
will perform. He hat shown them that he is alto-
gether worthy to lead auch troops.; and by wrest-
ling the chief seaport of the State from the hands
of tbe enemy, has merited the lasting gratitnde of
This action will take its plate as the'most brill-
iant, all things considered, of the war. Ontheoue
hand the enemy safely afloat in the terrible gun-
boats, that hive proved such a bugaboo elsewhere'
and one of these too, the Harriet Lane, the beet
wooden boat the enemy had. On the other a couple
of bayou boats, Sited up for the occasion, oue of
which, last 1'rlday morning, was lying at the wharf
in Houston, as little lilce a gunboat as it well could
be, aud a land force with some 20 pieces of light
artillery. The attack was evidently expected and
prepared for. Two hoars and a half shows the
Texians victorious, and the best gunboat in oar
hauds. The result relieves the Island City ofthe
enemy, breates up his blockade, and enables us to
put the Island in snch a state of defence that it
cannot be wrested from us again. Could anuhinp
be better done?
Onr news from elsewhere is mottly favorable.
The resignation of Seward from Lincoln's cabi-
net removes from the Federal Councils of State
the shrewdest man in the North, and is as much of
at) advantage to us as was the removal of >lc-
Clellan from the army. If to this the resignation
of Chaseisadded.it will be another advantage lo
usof thesamesort. The manner in which be has
maaaged the Northern finances, proves him u
most able man.
Another brilliant little Affair in Virgluia, by
Sen. Hampton, and still another in Tennessee by
Gen. Forrest, are added to the comforts we dis-
pense to our rraderB to-day. ;
The Northern accounts of the battle at Frede-
ricksburg made the affair a far^more important
one than we had ^apposed. Read what the New
York World says: "Heaven help us!" Heaven
is most certainly helping us of the Contiderate
Grant's army is also falling back from the Talla-
hatchie I Certes we are entitled to a thanksgiving
this New Year. The heavens are bright above usf
Earth smiles beneath oar feet. 'Ihe whole circleo
our armies from Galveston,'all the way around 11
the Potomac, are victorious. Let us praise God
with full hearts, and rejoice in the days of our
the MAKRDDER fleet.
The succ3ss of the Magruder fleet has demon-
strated its efficacy. To aid our friends at other
points in preparing to meet the enemy, we give
them some idea of Gen. Magrudcr's plan. If not
original, it is belter, it is successful. We believe
the credit ofthe invention is due to him. Whether
this is so or not, we trust our naval men in other
quarters will not hesitate to adopt it because it
was not got up by a sailor. Quite a fleet of boats
is now being got ready on this plan here, and they
will teach tbe invaders what it is to attempt a
breach of onr defences. The ' woolen walls' ef
England have long been famons. It is left for
Texas to gain equal credit with the cotton walls
now defending her. She has made a good begin-
Our rivers aud harbors abound in'higb and low
pressure steamers, adapted to the river commerce.
The hulls of these steamers are usually good, and
with the requisite strengthening, each as Captain
Lubbock has put into the State boat Bayou City,
can be made suffi.iently staunch forrams.
Upon the boiler deck cotton bales two or three
deep are piled up and securely fastened to frames
builtnp from the hold of the boat. These extend
all around the boilers and machinery. A row of
cotton bales is aiso :placed on the cabin, and an-
other on the hurricane deck to protect the sharp-
Sharp-shooters and swivels from behind these
upper breastworks are enabled, .In perfect sufety,
to sweep the decks of the enemy, and thus prepare
the way for bo'arders.
These boats are armed with rifled 3S's or
larger guns. Quite likely some ofthe guns from
the Westfleld,of which there are 8 splendid Dahl-
gbren, may be put on some of the boats. These
large gnns are a tingle one in the bow of each
boat, and there are small gans als in the stern.
The boats must be fitted with wrought iron bow -
sprits, very sharp at the end, and furnished with
barbs, to 'enable them to hook on to the eneo.y'a
vessel. A steel prow, under water also, does its
work in scuttling the enemy.
The wrought iron bowsprit with barbs, are of
more Importance than the - steri prowi^ ipjLStnuoh
as they enable oar boats to hang <Tn to the enemy's
ships until the crews can board." The crews are
generally ISO to 200 men,, armed with double bar-
rel guns, pistols, cutlasseB and bowie knives,and
able to slash their way through anything. Once on
the enemy's decks, nothing can prevent 'heir
taking the ship.
The capture of the Harriet Lane was achieved
with the loss of bat five men to the vessel boarding
her, and so little iqjary was done to either vessel,
.thatboth are.now ready for service again.
With such vessels fitted up oa all oar bay* and
rivers, we could soon have a large portion of the
enemy's fleet. Bat for tho white flag rase of th e
eaemy, we should now have twelve instead of five
of the fleet at Gafveston.
The Magruder fleet has shown what can be done
with genius to plan and plack to carry out the en-
terprise. Let the Commanders elsewhere take
t lie hint and act upon It, and we will soon be as
formidable to tho enemy on water as on land.
CASUALTIES UN THE SEPTCNK.
Lt. Harby informs us that the following casual-
ties occurred to his command at the batteries on
the Neptune, viz : Killed,"Friti,"co. F, Griffin's
battalion ; wounded, acting Lieutenant Harvey
Clark, since dead, and burled with the honors of
war; private Joseph Shelton, co. F, Griffin's bat-
talion, (slightly,) and two others, names not re-
collected, klightly. Mr. Merriman, a volunteer
aid, was wounded in his arm, which has sloce been ~
amputated; missing, J. Cline, supposed to be
G«lv*stoh, January 4th, 1863.
where *s, The undersigned has succeeded In cap-
turing and destroylug a portion of the enemy's
fl.-et and in driving the remainder out of the har-
bor of Q&lyeston and beyond the neighboring
waters, and the blockade has been thus effectually
rtiised, he, therefore, proclaims to all concerned
that the harbor of Galveston is open for trade to
ull friendly nations, and their merchants are
invited to resume th eir i soul commercial in
tercourse with this port.
Done at Galveston, this, the fourth day of Jan a
ary,18G3. J. B. MAGRUDEB,
Major Geueral Commanding. #
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Cushing, E. H. The Weekly Telegraph (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 43, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 7, 1863, newspaper, January 7, 1863; Houston, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth236214/m1/2/: accessed May 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.