there to try to hold the the enemy in check.
When these orders were made known to Lieutenant Dowling-Captain Odlum being in command of the post in the town of Sabine, in place of Colonel Griffin, who had charge of the post, but who had gone to Houston to attend a court-martial—asked his men if they wished to do this.
They replied: No; we prefer to fight while there is a detachment to man the guns.
About this time the Federals began firing.
The guns in the fort consisted of two 32-pounders, two 24-pounders, and two brass-mounted howitzers.
The 31-pounders, will here be remarked, were some old guns which the Federals had damaged by spiking and cutting to the trunnions.
They were taken to Houston and repaired by the Confederates.
These guns proved the most effective in battle of any which were fired, as they crippled the Sachem, Clifton, and Arizona. (A part of the old gunboat Clifton is still visible at Sabine Pass.)
The attack from the gunboats continued, the ground around