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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 11: the Montgomery Convention.--treason of General Twiggs.--Lincoln and Buchanan at the Capital. (search)
rendered, 270. Earl Van Dorn in Texas, 271. National troops under Sibley made prisoners capture of the Star of the West, 272. troops underhen Van Dorn appeared, seven companies of National troops, under Major Sibley, were at Indianola, on Matagorda Bay, preparing to embark on thethe troops. Supposing the vessel to be at the mouth of the harbor, Sibley embarked the troops on two small steam lighters, and proceeded downhe place, the cannon were not there. As speedily as possible, Major Sibley re-embarked his troops on two schooners, and these, towed by themissioners to demand the surrender of the troops on the schooners. Sibley called a council of war. It was unanimously agreed that resistance to such a heavy and active force would be madness, and Sibley surrendered. April 24, 1861. The spoils, besides the seven companies made prist San Antonio, whilst Colonel Waite and his fellow-captives, and Major Sibley's command, were paroled. The men were compelled to take an oath