98.--capture of U. S. Troops by Col. Van Dorn, at Saluria.
Col. Van Dorn
arrived at Indianola
with about 800 Texas
volunteers, on Wednesday afternoon, 24th April, and having taken possession of the U. S. steamers Fashion
and United States
, and the propeller Mobile
, without delay placed his forces on them, and about nine o'clock at night, came down to Saluria and anchored within about half a mile of the schooners having on board the U. S. troops, numbering 450, under the command of Major C. C. Sibley
, 3d Infantry; Adjutant-Lieutenant Phillips
, 1st Infantry; Ass't Surgeons Lynde
, Capts. Granger
, 1st Infantry ; Capt. Bowman
, 3d Infantry; Capt. Jordan
, 8th Infantry; Lieut. Green
, 1st Infantry, and Lieuts. Hopkins
, 3d Infantry.
The troops consisted of the band of the 1st Infantry, and Companies G and K of that Regiment, Companies A, F, and I, 3d Infantry, and Companies A and D of the 8th Infantry. Capt. Wallace
had his lady and child, and Dr. Lynde
his two children, on board the vessels.
Notwithstanding some thirty-five soldiers and their wives had been left on shore, there were some ten or twelve women and children on board.
About three o'clock in the afternoon a severe norther sprang up, and a heavy sea raged from that time till the afternoon of Thursday.
Nevertheless, at about six o'clock on that morning, Col. Van Dorn
sent a message to Major Sibley
requesting an interview at such point as might be convenient.
Accordingly, the parlor of Judge Hawes
, on Saluria Island, was selected, and at ten o'clock the parties met.--The commission on the part of the U. S. Army consisted of Major Sibley
and his two senior officers
, Capts. Wallace
; and on the part of the Confederate States
, Col. Van Dorn
At about 12 o'clock M., the conference ended in the surrender of the entire command as prisoners of war — the officers to be released on parole, and the men on their oaths that they would not take up arms against the Southern Confederacy,--surrendering their arms and all company property; such of the men and officers to be
received into the Confederate army as may desire it; private property not to be molested; the soldiers not to be permitted to leave the State
except by way of Galveston
and the Mississippi River
At one o'clock, P. M., the steamer Gen
, Capt. Leon Smith
, having on board Gen. E. B. Nichols
with 150 volunteers from Galveston
, appeared off the bar. She came to near the pilot house, and upon the pilot coming on board learned the good news of the surrender which was then being carried into execution without a resort to the use of arms.
Before the Rusk
crossed the bar the officers on board, with their glasses, could distinctly see the troops on the two schooners, as also the three steamers with steam up having on board soldiers, (the Texas
volunteers,) and as they could not suppose Col. Van Dorn
had had time to concentrate his forces there, the conclusion with them was that the U. S. troops had been reinforced from the west by companies known to be coming down, and, consequently, that the men on the Rusk
had a pretty fair prospect of a fight.
remained at anchor until 10 o'clock, P. M., when she went up to Indianola
, put out her mails, and went down to Saluria at sun — up yesterday morning, when, after taking on board Capt. W. R. Bradfute
, bearer of dispatches from Major Van Dorn
, as well as a considerable number of passengers, crossed the bar at 10 o'clock, and came into this port at 12 o'clock last night.
The 450 United States troops who had surrendered were on the schooners Horace
in charge of Col. Van Dorn
when the Rusk
left last night.
They had gone down the bay on these schooners with a view of being embarked on the Fashion
, but this steamer was deemed unseaworthy, and the United States
was not in a much better condition, while the propeller Mobile
was too small for their accommodation.
It is expected that they will go on shore again to-day, and that most of them will enlist in the army of the Confederate States
We see from Gen. Nichols
' report to Gen. Sherman
, that in less than an hour after the Rusk
took position so as to command the schooners with the U. S. troops on board, he reported himself to Col. Van Dorn
, and received in reply, that the surrender had just been agreed on.
Major Larkin Smith
, who, we believe, was second in command at Indianola
, resigned immediately on hearing of the secession of Virginia
; and we learn his example was followed by some six or eight other United States
, April 27.