of Marshall, Tex.
, was placed in charge of the business of the postmaster-general
on the west side of that river.
His chief clerk
was Washington D. Miller
, who had been chief clerk of that department at Richmond
The Federals evidently desired after their defeat at Galveston
to gain a position in Texas
from which the interior of the State
could be subjected to their control.
They selected Sabine Pass
as the place that would suit their purpose, the conquest of which was thought to be easy of accomplishment.
In 1861 Major Likens
' battalion had been stationed there, and had erected an earthwork at the pass below the town.
The post was afterward under the command of Lieut.-Col. A. H. Spaight
, who removed his command to Beaumont
, September 23, 1862.
The Federal vessels were driven from it and captured in January, 1863.
In the summer following, the defenses were under the command of Capt. Frank H. Odlum
, of the First Texas heavy artillery, with Lieuts. Richard W. Dowling
, Pat. H. Hennessy
, and Wm. P. Cunningham
, and about seventy men, most of whom were Irishmen.
At New Orleans, in September, 1863, an expedition of large proportions was fitted up for its capture, the following account of which was published in the New York Herald by Lieut. Henry C. Dane
, who was on that occasion attached to the Federal
service as a member of the signal corps:
The city of New Orleans was in a state of great excitement on the morning of September 4, 1863.
A large expedition was leaving on some unrevealed, but avowedly very important mission.
The levee was crowded with men, women and children, where troops were embarking and transports were moving away down the Mississippi, river, among grim and sullen-looking men-of-war.
The object of the expedition was to capture a small fort at Sabine pass at the mouth of the Sabine river, and establish a base for larger operations.
The Suffolk left New Orleans on the 5th and arrived off the pass, and stopped just out of sight of land on the 7th, where the