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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 29. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.40 (search)
e that most of the data in this paper was given me by Mrs. Margaret L. Watson, President of the Dick Downing Chapter, of Beaumont. Mrs. Watson received it direct from two Confederate veterans who participated in the battle, so the authenticity of th damage was done. The prisoners, who numbered 490, were kept under guns until relief came by steamers from Orange and Beaumont. Commodore Leon Smith makes honorable mention of Captain Odlum, Lieutenant Dowling, Lieutenant Smith, and Captain Coourg, who was a praying woman, stood beside her with uplifted hand, asking God to direct the shots. Mr. Sam Watson, of Beaumont, was placed as first engineer on the captured gunboat Sachem, which boat kept its name when in possession of the Confede brave men foiled him, too much honor cannot be paid to their memory, and we, the United Daughters of the Confederacy of Beaumont, have named our chapter for their leader, Lieutenant Dowling. There are only two survivors of this wonderful battle, b