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idings of his trusty Lieutenant. The armada fitted out by Col. Van Dorn to intercept and capture the fugitive troops, consisted of the steamers Fashion, propeller Mobile, and United States, with about 800 men on board, collected from the surrounding counties. Breastworks of cotton bales (cotton, you see, is always king,) were constructed around the sides of the vessels, to protect the men from the deadly rifles of the United States troops. Cannon were on the way from San Antonio and Matagorda, but did not arrive in time. Against such a formidable force, judiciously disposed, upon steamers that could choose their own position, Major Sibtey had no showing whatever; for there he was, cooped up on board of two schooners lying at anchor, his command reduced to about 400 men by desertion and capture, with not a single piece of cannon to defend himself. The only alternative was to surrender, which he did the next day at 12 o'clock. The surrender was unconditional. In the afternoon