ng general had acquired fame for the skill with which, on the peninsula of Virginia, he checked for weeks Mc-Clellan's invading army before miles of empty intrenchments, armed in part with Quaker guns, and by continually moving about his small force to multiply it in Federal eyes.
Feeling that something must be done to rouse the spirits of the people of Texas, he resolved to try his hand against the enemy's squadron lying in Galveston bay.
Under his instructions two steamboats lying in Buffalo bayou at Houston were travestied into rams and gunboats, armed with one gun each and supplied with two tiers of cotton bales to give them, as the General said in confidence to his friends, an appearance of protection.
A third boat was to act as tender.
The two gunboats were manned by volunteers of Green's brigade, converted for the occasion into horse marines, also by a company of artillery—the whole under command of the brave Tom Green.
Capt. Leon Smith was the naval commander.