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e of escape lay in strategy. He had the perfect freedom of the boat, and, when he desired, chatted with the captain and the crew, who were not apprised by my son of the character of his new companion, and everything was done to make him comfortable. At first he kept entirely to himself, but of a sudden his manner changed entirely, and he became particularly pleasant, especially to the captain of the boat; and as they were nearing the little barren Saluria Island, at the entrance to Matagorda Bay, William accidentally overheard the captain say to Taylor, The tide is high enough, and I will be able to run close to the island. This caused him to have no particular suspicion of Taylor, as the remark might equally apply to a hundred other subjects besides the one to which it did; but in a few moments after, he noticed the schooner, which had hugged the island pretty closely, now suddenly take a still closer tack, and rapidly neared the barren coast. Feeling alarmed lest the helmsm
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1862. (search)
ath, two years after, he was almost constantly on duty, and always proved himself efficient. He was respected by all who knew him, and beloved by all his friends. Though his position in the service was not conspicuous, yet he never was found wanting when physical courage was required. In the autumn of 1863 he was in many notable engagements. He took part in the movements at Brazos Santiago and on the Rio Grande; in the capture of the works at Aranzas Pass and those of Port Cavallo on Matagorda Bay; and, later, in the attacks upon Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines in Mobile Bay. It was shortly before the time of these engagements, I believe, that he was removed from the Kittatinny to the sloop-of-war Virginia. The spring and summer of 1864 wore away without the opportunity being presented to the Squadron of the Gulf for any great achievements. The convulsive efforts made at that time by the Rebellion to strengthen itself in Virginia drew from the States bordering on the Gulf all th
—Sherman and his campaigns. Col. S. M. Bowman and Lieut.-Col. R. B. Irwin, rev. of. North American Rev., vol. 102, p. 575. —Treatise on the tactical use of infantry, artillery and cavalry. Gen. F. J. Lippitt, rev. of. North American Rev., vol. 109, p. 290. —and John C. Ropes and Capt. W. E. Perkins, committee for Mass. Hist. Soc. Peninsular campaign of McClellan, rev. of. N. Y. Nation, vol. 33, p. 200. Panola, U. S. steamer. Full account of cutting out of the Anna Dale in Matagorda Bay, Texas, spring of 1865. Army and Navy Journal, vol. 2, p. 501. —Service of Richard F. Tobin. Bivouac, vol. 2, p. 54. Paris, Comte de. Characterizes Gen. B. F. Butler in a letter dated Jan. 29, 1888. Army and Navy Journal, vol. 25, p. 617. —Gettysburg, battle of; from History of the civil war in America, rev. of. John C. Ropes. Atlantic, vol. 58, p. 852. — – with added data. N. Y. Nation, vol. 43, p. 334. —History of the civil war in America. Rev. of French vols
ate troops on the coast as brigadier-general in the provisional army of Texas, and in March, 1862, when he was commissioned brigadier-general in the Confederate service, he was put in command at Brownsville. In November, 1863, he had but 69 men at this post, but, in the face of 12,000 men, landed by General Banks, he successfully brought off Confederate stores and munitions valued at $1,000,000. During the following winter he commanded a force of 10,000 men on the coast, from Brazos to Matagorda bay: and early in 1864 he took several regiments of cavalry to Louisiana, with three of which he reported to Gen. Richard Taylor in time to participate in the battle of Mansfield. At Pleasant Hill on the afternoon of the next day, at the head of these regiments, he led a splendid charge, had two horses killed under him, and was slightly wounded in the face. After the death of Gen. Tom Green he was in command of the cavalry division on the Red river until the arrival of General Wharton. Hi
Capt. Calvin D. Cowles , 23d U. S. Infantry, Major George B. Davis , U. S. Army, Leslie J. Perry, Joseph W. Kirkley, The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War, Index. (search)
27, 1 Maryland Heights, Md. 42, 1; 69, 1; 81, 4; 82, 1; 84, 4, 84, 16; 85, 1; 100, 1 Maryville, Tenn. 24, 3; 117, 1; 118, 1; 135-A; 142, E3; 149, A14; 150, H13 Fort Mason, Tex. 54, 1; 135-A Masonborough Inlet, N. C. 139, C10 Massaponax Church, Va. 23, 3; 45, 1; 81, 2; 91, 1 Matadequin Creek, Va. 16, 1; 17, 1; 19, 1; 21, 9; 74, 1; 77, 1; 92, 1; 94, 5; 97, 2; 100, 1, 100, 2; 137, E8 Matagorda, Tex. 43, 8; 54, 1; 65, 10; 135-A; 157, G5; 171 Matagorda Bay, Tex. 43, 8; 65, 10; 135-A; 157, H5; 171 Matagorda Peninsula, Tex. 135-A; 157, H5 Matarmoras, Mex. 54, 1 Mathias Point, Va. 8, 1; 100, 1; 137, C8 Mattamuskeet Lake, N. C. 138, E11 Mattawoman Creek, Md. 8, 1; 100, 1; 137, B8 Mattox Creek, Va. 16, 1; 100, 1; 137, C9 Mayfield, Ky. 117, 1; 118, 1; 135-A; 153, D13 Mayfield Creek, Ky. 153, C12 Maynardville, Tenn. 118, 2; 135-A; 142, C3; 150, G14 Mayport Mills, Fla. 145, F11
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book VII:—politics. (search)
the interior of Texas. This arm of the sea thus forms a long channel, which is only navigable for vessels of light draught, and which connects all these water-courses. The small trading-vessels of the Confederacy availed themselves of this fact to ply to and fro out of reach of the blockading fleet. At times they would emerge through one pass, at other times through another, and thus reach the neutral territory of Mexico in a few hours. This kind of lagoon bears at first the name of Matagorda Bay, in the vicinity of the village of Indianola, and communicates with the sea by way of the pass of Saluria; then it successively forms the bays of Espiritu Santo, Aransas, Corpus Christi and Salt Lagoon—names which indicate so many corresponding intersections at the mouths of the rivers San Antonio, Mission, Nueces and El Grullo. Beyond the latter river the lagoon takes the name of Laguna Madre; and being no longer fed by the waters of any tributary, it stretches with uniform width as fa
Arrival of U. S. Troops at Washington. Washington, April 13. --Companies Band H, of the 2d cavalry, from Camp Cooper, Texas, reached Washington this morning. Company D is commanded by Capt. Palmer, and contains 60 men. Company His commanded by Lieut. Harrison, and has 59 men. The former are quartered opposite the War Department, and the latter in E street, at the same quarters lately occupied by the U. S. Infantry there. The soldiers look very much worn down by their march They had a march of 600 miles, from Camp Cooper to Pass Cavallo Bar, in Matagorda Bay, which they made from the 18th of February to the 31st. Washington, April 14.--Three companies of United States Cavalry and Sherman's Light Artillery are expected to arrive here to-morrow. Additional volunteer companies are to be mustered in.
Commissioners appointed to visit them by the Texas State Convention. The tribes are slaveholders, and favor secession and the Southern Confederacy. The Cherokees have cleared out the abolition emissaries among them. All the tribes were to hold a general council on the 8th of April. The schooner Twilight, in the employment of the Federal Government, about proceeding under orders to the fort at Tortugas, was seized at A tansas, Texas, and is to be put in service in the waters of Matagorda Bay. Governor Vidaurri writes from Monterey 24th ult., to the San Antonio Herald, that his portion of the country has suffered as much as Texas from the depredations of the Lipans and Mescalaro Indians. He disclaims energetically the imputation that Mexico has had anything to do with their recent atrocities towards Texas, and seems to think that parties in Texas are preparing to invade his territory. He hopes that such is not the case, but says he will defend his country if it should
ensacola384,000650151 Fort Morgan, Mobile1,212,000700132 Fort St. Philip, Mouth Missippi river143,000600124 Fort Jackson, Mouth Missippi river817,000600150 Fort Pike, Rigolets, La.472,00030049 Fort Macomb, Chef Mentour, La447,00030049 Fort Livingston, Barrataria Bay, La342,00030052 *incomplete. In addition to these are incomplete works at Ship Island. Mississippi river; George town. S. C; Port Royal Roads, S C; Tybee Islands. Savannah; Galveston, Brazos, Santiago, and Matagorda Bay, Texas. The guns which were lately stopped at I'ltisburg, were designed for those at Galveston and Ship Island. Hampton Roads is the great naval depot station and rendezvous of the Southern coasts. Pensacola is very strong, and the only good harbor for vessels-of-war, and the only naval depot on the Gulf. The fortresses at Key West and Tortugas, on the southern point of Florida, are among the most powerful in the world, and every vessel that crosses the Gulf passes within sight o
From New Orleans. Meridian, Miss., Nov. 19. --A special to the Clarion, dated Nov. 19, says that a gentleman from New Orleans reports that Dana's expedition to Matagorda Bay had been wrecked, and that seven transports had been driven ashore and captured, with all on board. Gen. Banks, who accompanied the expedition, had not been heard from.
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