After the usual controversy about the right of Colonel Van Dorn
to make such a demand, and the exhibition of overwhelming force by Colonel Van Dorn
's troops, which had been hastily collected, including many citizens in volunteer companies enlisted for the occasion, the surrender was effected.
There was a point of military honor entertained by all of those Federal officers that induced them to refuse to surrender upon a mere demand, until a military force was exhibited against them.
Colonel Van Dorn
, with Major Mechling
, continued to aid in the embarkation of the Federal
troops on the coast, and other military operations, until he was ordered to Richmond
for other service, and Paul O. Hebert
was appointed brigadier-general and assigned to the Texas department on the 14th of August, 1861.
In order to show the manner in which these formal surrenders of the Federal
troops were accomplished, Colonel Van Dorn
's report is inserted: Headquarters Troops in Texas