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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 ram entered the harbor. A hard fight took place, and meanwhile Colonel Burrell placed his men behind barricades on the wharf, and they defended themselves with courage, but not being adequately sustained by the gunboats they were compelled to surrender, the enemy's force turning out many times larger than their own, and having many pieces of artillery. The 42d had five killed and fifteen wounded. In acknowledgment o