The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane Page: 124
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124 HARROWING DETAILS OF THE DISASTER.
of battery for two four seven-tenths rapid fire guns batteries may
be considered non-existent. Captain Riche has forwarded by wire
this evening full report of conditions to chief engineer. I coincide
in recommendation that all fortifications and ordnance property
be transferred to engineer officer here for salvage. Earnestly
recommend that Battery 0, First Artillery, be ordered to Fort
Sam Houston for recuperation and equipment; officers and men
are entirely destitute. At present a large number are injured
and unfit for duty. Impossible at present to furnish them with
ordinary camp equipage, clothing, as all transportation facilities
are being utilized to bring in food supplies.
In a previous report General McKibbin praises the conduct
of the regulars. Acting upon the recommendation of General
McKibbin, Adjutant General Corbin to-day ordered Battery 0,
First Artillery, from Galveston to Fort Sam Houston.
CAPTAIN RICHE'S REPORT.
General John M. Wilson, Chief of Engineers, received the
following comprehensive report from Captain Riche as to the condition
of Government property at Galveston:
"Jetties sunk nearly to mean low tide level, but not seriously
breached. Channel at least as good as before, perhaps better.
Twenty-five feet certainly. Forts as follows: Fort Crocket-Two
fifteen-pounder emplacement, concrete all right, standing on piling,
water underneath. Battery for eight mortars about like preceding,
mortars and carriages on hand unmounted. Battery for two teninch
guns about like preceding, both guns mounted and in good
shape. Shore line at Fort Crocket has moved back about 600 feet.
Fort San Jacinto-Battery for eight twelve-inch mortars badly
wrecked, magazines reported fallen in ; mortars reported safe. No
piling was under this battery ; some of the sand parapet left.
Battery for two ten-inch guns badly wrecked. Central portion
level, both gun platforms down, guns leaning; no piling was
under this battery.
"Battery for two four seven-tenths rapid-fire guns, concrete
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