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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book III:—the Third winter. (search)
isti pass are the passes of Aransas and Cavallo, which give access to the two deep and navigable lagoons of Aransas and Matagorda. The latter is truly an inland sea, on the margin of which are the commercial ports of Indianola and Matagorda. FartMatagorda. Farther on, the banks close to the main land are cut by the mouth of Brazos River; then they form, under the name of Galveston Island on one side and Bolivar Point on the other, the vast bay of Galveston, and finally, separated from the main land by a cllo passes are about sixty-two miles apart. The banks which extend between them form the two islands of St. Joseph and Matagorda, which are separated by a channel impassable by ships, called Cedar Bayou. At the northern end of Matagorda Island, neul artillery and defended by seven or eight hundred men. Its capture would completely close the ports of Indianola and Matagorda and would secure the Federals the possession of two-thirds of the Texan coast. General Washburne lands his troops on