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still his 4.000 soldiers, with his transports and two remaining gunboats; while there were not Rebel soldiers enough within a day's ride to have brought to a halt one of his regiments, properly led. Dick Taylor's force, such as it was, was far away; Houston, flanking Galveston, was but 40 miles distant; Gen. Washburne was at Brashear, with a force equal to Franklin's, ready to cooperate in the purposed advance, in case the latter had taken these poor earth works, defended by a captain F. A. Odlum. and 250 men, and sent back his transports for reenforcements. Instead of taking them, however, or even trying, Franklin — finding no place to land where lie might not get his feet wet — slunk meekly back to New Orleans; Arriving Sept. 11. leaving the Texans to exult, very fairly, over a fruitful victory gained against odds of at least twenty to one. Gen. Banks now concentrated his disposable forces on the Atchafalaya, with intent to advance directly upon Shreveport; but found this
The Daily Dispatch: October 6, 1863., [Electronic resource], The liability of British subjects to Serve in State defence. (search)
nd Arizona,Houston, Texas, Sept. 9, 1863. General Orders, no.-- I. The Major-General commanding has the satisfaction of announcing to the army a brilliant victory won by the little garrison of Sabine Pass against the fleet of the enemy. Attacked by five gunboats, the fort, mounting but three guns of small calibre, and manned by the Davis Guards, Lieut. R. M. Dowling, assisted by Lieut. Smith, of the engineers, supported by about two hundred men, the whole under command of Capt. F. A. Odlum, steadily resisted their fire, and at last forced the surrender of the two gunboats Clifton and Sachem, badly crippling another, which with the others escaped over the bar. The result of this gallant achievement is the capture of two fine gunboats, fifteen heavy guns, over two hundred prisoners, (among them the Commodore of the fleet,) and over fifty of the enemy killed and wounded, while not a man was lost on our side, or a gun injured. II. The enemy's fleet, with his land forces