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the Confederates and their recapture of Galveston, which had been occupied and then retaken under peculiar circumstances. The 42d Infantry (Colonel Burrell) had the curious experience, just after it had reached the front, of having three of its companies besieged and captured on a wharf at Galveston—a point then deserted— by a greatly superior force of Confederates, and of having, for a body of wholly raw soldiers, come out of the affair with honor. They were ordered by General Banks, Dec. 19, 1862, to proceed from New Orleans to Galveston and occupy it, the remainder of the regiment to follow when arrived from the North. Arriving at Galveston Colonel Burrell was advised by the naval officers at the station to take up regimental quarters in an unoccupied building on a wharf, with their assurance that the gunboats could repel any possible attack from a force however large. Early in the morning of Jan. 1, 1863, an attack was made by the enemy and several Confederate gunboats and a