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 number of Federal troops under cover of their gunboats. The entire brigade lost some forty or fifty killed and wounded, while the enemy's loss was at least twice that number. Here it was that Captain Denny, of the Fifth, and Lieutenant-Colonel Black, of the First, were killed, and Lieutenant-Colonel Rainey, of the First, was severely wounded. I mention this battle, not so much on account of its importance as compared with others which ensued, but because it was the first contact the Texas troops as a brigade had with the enemy, and in that engagement it performed its part so well as to receive the encomium of General Gustavus W. Smith, the commanding-officer. Hear what he says in his official-report: ‘The brunt of the contest was borne by the Texans, and to them is due the largest share of the honors of the day at Eltham.’ And again, he says: ‘Had 140,000 such troops I would undertake a successful invasion of the North.’
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