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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 7: the siege of Charleston to the close of 1863.--operations in Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. (search)
th his shattered force. The Union loss was 716 men, of whom 26 were killed and over 500 were made prisoners. The Confederates lost over 400, of whom 60 were killed. In the mean time Banks's expedition, consisting of six thousand troops and some war-vessels, had sailed October 26. from New Orleans, directly for the Rio Grande. It was accompanied by that officer in person, but was immediately commanded by General Napoleon J. T. Dana. On the 2d of November the troops debarked at Brazos Santiago, drove a small cavalry force stationed there, and followed them to Brownsville, thirty miles up the river, which Banks's advance entered on the 6th. November. Point Isabel was taken possession of on the 8th; and as soon as possible Banks, who made his Headquarters at Brownsville, sent as many troops as he could spare, up the coast, to seize and occupy the water passes between the Rio Grande and Galveston. By the aid of steamers obtained on the Rio Grande, troops were transported to Mu
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 21: closing events of the War.--assassination of the President. (search)
red them of final success. Public meetings were held in Texas, and resolutions to continue the contest were adopted. To meet this danger, General Sheridan was sent to New Orleans with a large force, and made vigorous preparations for a campaign in Texas. In the mean time, there had been collisions between the hostile forces on the borders of the Rio Grande. Colonel Theodore H. Barrett, of the Sixty-second United States Colored Infantry, was in command of the National forces at Brazos Santiago, in Texas, and on the evening of the 11th of May, 1865. he sent about three hundred men, composed of two hundred and fifty of his own regiment and fifty of the Second Texas Cavalry, not mounted, to the main-land, under Lieutenant-Colonel Branson, to attack some Confederates on the Rio Grande. The principal object of the Nationals was to procure horses for mounting the cavalry. They marched all night, and early the next morning attacked and drove the foe at Palmetto Ranche, and seized thei