, Daniel Donovan
, John Wesley
, John Anderson
, John Flood, Peter O'Hara
, Mike Delany
and Terrence Mulhern
The above were enlisted men. Lieut. N. H. Smith
, a Louisianian, and Dr. George Bailey
, assistant surgeon
, volunteered to aid the gunners in the fort, both taking their places at the guns.
These names deserve to go down in Texas
history as of men who were heroes in a naval battle in defense of the State
Lieut. Henry Dane
, previously quoted, as a prisoner had an interview with Lieutenant Dowling
, which he reported as follows: ‘The commander of the fort was a modest, retiring, boyish-looking Irish lad 19 years old. I could not refrain laughing in his face when he was introduced to me as Lieut. Dick Dowling
, in command of the fort.
“And are you the shaughran,” I asked, “who did all that mischief?
How many men and guns did you have?”
“We had four 32-pounders and two 24-pounders, and 43 men,” was his reply with a blush.
“And do you realize what you have done, sir?”
“ No,” he said frankly; “I do not understand it at all.”
“Well, sir, you and your 43 men, in your miserable little mud fort in the rushes, have captured two gunboats, a goodly number of prisoners, many stands of small arms, and plenty of good ammunition, and all that you have done with six popguns and two smart Quakers.
And that is not the worst of your boyish tricks.
You have sent three Yankee gunboats, 6,000 troops and a general out to sea in the dark.”
By resolution, approved February 8, 1864, the thanks of the Confederate Congress were extended to Captain Odlum
, Lieut. Richard W. Dowling
, and the 41 men composing the Davis Guards, for their gallant defense, which was characterized as ‘one of the most brilliant and heroic achievements in the history of this war, and entitles the Davis Guards to the gratitude and admiration of their country.’