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[75] other points in the city to be taken to the railroad depot, which was done.

At about 3:30 p. m. our flag of truce returned to the city bearing a demand from the commander for the surrender of the city, and demanding an immediate answer. I sent a messenger with the answer that I should not surrender the city, directing the messenger also to say to the commander of the fleet that there were many women and children, and to demand time to remove them. After some negotiation it was agreed that no attack should be made upon the city for four days; that during that time we should not construct any new or strengthen any old defenses within the city, and the fleet not be brought any nearer the city. This arrangement gave us ample time for the removal of all who desired to leave the island, also for the removal of our troops and material of every kind.

On the night of the 4th you reached the city, and during the next day I received your order in relation to matters in Galveston. During the four days I removed the two 24-pounders, and also the two guns at South battery were unspiked and removed and all of them have been safely landed at Virginia point. I caused the people of the city to be fully notified in relation to matters which you directed they should be advised of. All machinery of any value was removed. The civil authorities removed all county records of every kind and all the records of the city corporation and of the district court. The railroad company removed all their material of every kind, and by 11 a. m. of the 8th we had removed all the government property of any value, except the 10-inch gun at Fort Point, and a large majority of the population of the city left their houses and the island.

The troops having all been removed in accordance with your orders, I left with my staff for Virginia point, leaving a sufficient force to hold the battery at the south end of the railroad bridge, and that evening I reported at this place to Col. X. B. Debray, commanding sub-military district of Houston. It affords me great pleasure to state that both officers and men behaved nobly, executing all orders promptly and correctly. All of which is respectfully submitted.

Yours respectfully,

Jos. J. Cook, Colonel Commanding. Lieut. R. M. Franklin, Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen. Sub-Military District of Houston.

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