- Frontier protection -- Galveston shelled -- conscription -- evacuation of Sabine Pass -- Yellow fever -- evacuation of Galveston, October, 1862 -- defense of Port Lavaca.
Early in 1862 a frontier cavalry regiment was raised for twelve months service, first commanded by J. M. Norris, colonel; A. T. Obenchain, lieutenant-colonel; Jas. E. McCord, major, and afterward by Jas. E. McCord, colonel; J. B. Barry, lieutenant-colonel; W. J. Alexander, major. They were sent up near Red river and established stations westward to the Rio Grande, with companies at such a distance from each other that soldiers could ride every day from one to the other and thereby get notice of any raid attempted or made by the Indians. That enabled them to combine their forces when necessary to repel any invasion. The frontier on the lower Rio Grande and for some distance up that river, in the Western sub-district, was protected by Confederate troops stationed there in 1862 and 1863, under the command of General Bee. There were no fights of much importance on the frontier during those two years. On August 3 and 5, 1861, the Federal ships South Carolina and Dart shelled Galveston, with no great damage. On November 8th the Royal Yacht was captured in Galveston harbor, in the night, by launches from the blockader, Santee. The Yacht was fired and abandoned after the crew were taken off, but the fire was afterward extinguished by the Confederates and the vessel saved. There was no attempt to enter the port of Galveston with a view of capturing the city until the fall of 1862.  On September 23, 1862, the Federal vessels entered the port of Sabine Pass, and Lieut.-Col. A. W. Spaight, in command there, retired with his forces to Beaumont, not having a sufficient force to resist the Federals. Lieutenant-Colonel Spaight made the following report of that engagement:
The evacuation of Galveston, October 4, 1862, is described in the following report of Col. Joseph J. Cook:
 A successful defense was made of Port Lavaca by Maj. D. D. Shea, in command there, on October 31st, and reported as follows: