Excerpts of official communications of the Trans Mississippi during the Civil War which can be read at e History-Civil War-official records
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF TEXAS, San Antonio, Tex., September 20,1861.
Brigadier General P.O. HEBERT:
ญญญญญญญ............At Saluria there are, or soon will be, two companies of artillery. The troops for Fort Brown are to be mustered into service here. One company of artillery [Captain Marmion] has been mustered, and will be sent on in a few days.
......I found Captain Marmion an intelligent, industrious, and capable officer, his papers in good order and kept with system an regularity. He has rendered faithful service in putting the boats in state of defense with the most limited means. It seems to me very probable that the enemy will attack with launches some dark night, and would respectfully suggest that an earth-work be erected on the shore to receive the two Dahlgren howitzers now on the schooners Dale and Buckhardt, and that they be placed out of commission.
The position would command the obstructions on Dog Island Bar at close range. The vessels named are very good of their class, but very low on the water, carry but few men, and could be more easily boarded than the steamers. Captain Rugeley has a good company of about 60 men on duty at Matagorda. I was pleased with the condition and bearing of his men.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
H. P. BEE,
HDQRS. DIST. OF TEX., N. MEX., AND ARIZ., Numbers 55. Houston, February 24, 1864.
...........................................communicate with Commodore Leon Smith, commanding the flotilla, or with Captain Marmion, should Commodore Smith be absent.
You will furnish the commanding officer of the marine department such protection as he may desire for his flotilla, and will also make every arrangement necessary for the defense of Matagorda. You will acknowledge the receipt of this order and report the number and composition of the troops order down by you, giving the name of commanding officer of the forces and sending copy of instructions furnished him by you.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
E. P. TURNER,
HDQRS. TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT, Numbers 38. Shreveport, La., June 7, 1864.
..............I respectfully suggest that Captain Marmion, commanding the Marine District, be directed to employ Moore as a scout. The only point of observation on this side of the bay is below Alligator Head, near Broad Bayou, about 10 miles from Powder Horn.
The road to this place is dangerous and difficult on account of the boggy land, and a thorough knowledge of the country is necessary to enable the scout to make his escape in case the enemy's gun-boats should come up the bay. I deemed it important to place a good man at this point and one who is familiar with shipping, an therefore temporarily detailed Private Thomas Maine, Captain Woodward's company,
The communication of Captain Marmion, with the general's indorsement, has just been received and the information required will be forwarded so soon as I can hear from Lavaca. I do not put much confidence in the information obtained from the residents on Sand Point. Some of the people now residing there trim their sails to suit the times and will not do to depend upon always. I have ordered one of my men down to reconnoiter, who is well acquainted with that peninsula, and I trust to obtain some reliable information............
Commodore Leon Smith will order Captain Marmion to follow the enemy on his march up the peninsula from Dog Island Bar up, to annoy his march and participate, as far as in his power, in the defense of the Caney.
HDQRS. DIST. OF TEXAS, NEW MEXICO, AND ARIZONA,
Houston, January 22, 1864-5 p. m.
Brigadier General H. P. BEE,
Commanding Army in the Field:
GENERAL: Information had just reached the commanding general of the landing of the enemy bellow the mouth of the Cany. He directs me to instruct you to prevent the enemy from gaining possession of the mouth of the Caney, if possible. You will order Captain Marmion to attack him from the bay.
.....................Colonel P.N. Luckett does not agree with Captain Wilke as to the amount of labor required, but does not consider its defense advisable. Captains Marmion, Kampmann, and Buquor do not consider the fort tenable. Captain Creuzbar considers the fort tenable for fifteen or twenty days against five times the garrison, provided 5 days' labor of said garrison is bestowed upon it.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NEW MEXICO, A.G.O., Fort Bliss, Tex., January 3, 1862
..................Marmion is the first and only information I have received on the subject. I hear but seldom from the mouth of Caney
The plan was to land our force, consisting of my own men and 15 from the gunboats, including officers, on the peninsula by the small boats; move up to within a safe distance, reconnoiter, and, if prudent, make the attack. The steamers Carr and Cora were lying at anchor about 1,000 to 1,200 yards from the peninsula. We left these steamers in the small boats for the peninsula about 10 o'clock p. m., and after running about half way to the shore a most terrific norther began to blow, which induced us to abandon the attack and order a return to the steamers.
The boat which were Captains Marmion, Hall, Lubbock, and myself, together with Mr. Wilcox, of the Signal Corps, and three others, succeeded in reaching the steamers. The two other boats filled and sank, and 18 of my men were lost, together with the 3 volunteers above mentioned, to wit: Sergeants Matthews and Jones, Corporal McKinley, Privates McKinley, Connor, J. and F. Secrist, Thomas Wadsworth, James Seaborn, May, Mcneley, Walton, A. C. Johnson, Hines, Gibson, Copeland, and Howell; George M. Bowie has not been found, but no doubt he was drowned; volunteers, James Rugeley, Duggan, and Lake. Fifteen minutes longer and the whole party would have landed, and I believe we could have taken the enemy, as they numbered but few, if any, more than we did.
When our men who escaped drowning reached their entrenchments, about 12 o'clock m., their fires were still burning. While attempting to reach the steamers several of my men discharged their guns, and immediately rockets were thrown up from their steamers on the outside, and I think at that time the enemy left their entrenchments.
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