wharf is now. The soldiers and crew all jumped overboard and swam ashore, except Captain Bowen and the carpenter, who remained on board to take the wounded and dead above water.
It is not strange that General Magruder
was not able to report all the minute details of the confused and desperate conflict, as he doubtless wished to do in order to give every participant the proper credit for his actions in it.
As is stated in Debray
General Magruder's success raised popular enthusiasm to the highest pitch and his call for more troops was responded to with alacrity.
Debray's regiment and other troops were ordered to re-occupy Galveston, while an appeal to the planters, promptly complied with, brought to the island numerous gangs of negroes who, under the supervision of their own overseers, worked diligently on new fortifications planned by the commanding general. Colonel Debray having been assigned to the command of Galveston island, Lieutenant-Colonel Myers remained in command of the regiment.
The blockade of Galveston, forcibly raised on January 1st, was not resumed until the 13th of the same month, when seven gunboats came to anchor about 3 miles from the city, to which they prepared to pay their compliments.
A shelling was opened and kept up for six hours, to which the garrison, having no artillery to reply, had to submit good-humoredly.
Strange as it may ap-pear, although the Federals covered the whole city with their shells and solid shot, some of which reached the bay, there was no loss of life and the injury to houses was trifling.
It will be remembered that on the evening after the shelling, flashes of light were seen, and a rumbling noise resembling broadsides was heard from a distance westward; thereafter a few minutes' darkness and silence prevailed again.
Many were the surmises upon this incident, and several weeks intervened before the