76.--the capture of the Star of the West, April 20.
The expedition for the capture of the vessel composed of about 80 men, under command of Col. Van Dorn
, hurriedly organized in Galveston, Tex.
, was made up of men from the Galveston Artillery and the Island City
Rifles; the Guards are Irish
, and the Rifles are a German company.
The party arrived at Indianola
on Wednesday, and kept all ready, apparently in no manner interested in the active preparations going on for the debarkation of the United States
soldiers, which was effected by the aid of the steamship Fashion
, acting as a lighter to remove the men to the Star of the West, which lay outside.
About half-past 9 o'clock at night Col. Van Dorn
and his band quietly got on board the Gen
, and made out to the Star of the West.
When the Rusk
got within hailing distance, the captain of the United States
vessel sang out to know who was approaching.
The General Rusk, with troops on board.
The answer was correct to the letter, and very readily impressed the captain of the Star of the West that he was about taking on board his own men. His blissful ignorance of his visitors' identity and designs was not suffered to remain long.
The vessels were made fast, without any suspicion on one side or any demonstration on the other.
Then, swift as the lightning, the Texan
band was over the bulwarks and in virtual possession of the vessel.
No effort was made at resistance, for it would have been absurd; and comprehending in an instant how matters were, the commander “gave up the ship” with the best grace he could muster.
The vessel was put about for Galveston
, and left Col. Van Dorn
The next news we may have of that enterprising officer will be that he has taken the U. S. troops prisoners, or else that there has been a fight.--N. O. True Delta