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e considered as prisoners of war. Van Dorn was charged with the execution of this order, which was a violation of a sacred pledge. Sibley was waiting at Indianola to embark on the Star of the West, the same transport-ship which, a short time before, had vainly attempted to revictual Fort Sumter. Being ignorant of the fate of that vessel, which had been seized in the port of Galveston, he had already got into the boats that were to take him and his soldiers on board, outside the bay of Matagorda, when instead of the Star of the West he saw several Confederate steamers loaded with troops under the command of Van Dorn. He was obliged to disembark; and being without means of defence, he had to submit to the conditions imposed upon him. After being kept for some time prisoners, the Federals were released on parole until they could be exchanged. Waite and the officers who were with him in San Antonio experienced the same fate. There was still left a detachment of the Eighth Regulars