The Disaster at Galveston.
[newspaper clipping continued: first column]
Adjutant was discovered by a boat full of Rebels,
newly returned from the Westfield, whither they
had been to induce Commodore Renshaw to give an
order for the surrender of the flotilla, threatening, in
the event of any of the vessels reopening fire, to
butcher every Union soldier on shore. The com-
mander of this boat, a truculent-looking fellow, in
the uniform of a Rebel officer, with no less than
three revolvers stuck in his belt, shouted to Davis
to stop, inquiring with an oath his business. Going
to the Owasco! was the curt reply, and the swiftly-
plied oars soon put the Adjutant out of danger. His
errand proved his salvation; he and his companions
returned to New-Orleans in the Owasco.
Just after reaching the deck of the vessel he, by
the aid of a field-glass it was not between 8 and 0
o clock in the morning witnessed the capture of his
recent comrades. Menaced on every side by an
immense crowd of armed men, who approached
them both by land and water, nothing was practica-
ble but surrender or death. Col. Burrill adopted
the former alternative.
Previously the Rebels had made repeated efforts
to batter down a large building at the end of the
pier, supposing correctly that the troops were quar-
tered there. Col. Burrill had made his men lie
down upon the floor within it; hence the Rebel can-
non-shot tore through its upper portion without in-
flicting injury. The Owasco was actually so near
to this building, that Col. Burrill directed her gun-
ners where to point their pieces, his men cheering
vociferously when an effective shot hurled death
into the ranks of the enemy.
With our troops the Rebels captured 30,000 rounds
of rifled cartridges, 300 muskets, 500 picks, and an
equal number of shovels. Payne exulted over the
acquisition, avowing that his party were sorely in
want of ammunition.
Two of the three companies captured were E and
G; the designation of the third is unknown.
One heroic act during the assault deserves special
mention the removal of the ammunition, compris-
ing powder, shell, shot, and cartridges, from the
building on the wharf to the further point practica-
ble, the outer barricade. In the midst of a perfect
feu de enfer, the men who performed it deserve
honorable mention. It must have been done under
the direction of Ordnance Sergeant D. L. Went-
Lieut. Albert E. Proctor, Orderly Sergeant Geo.
E Nichols, Color Sergeant James L. Violle, Sergt.
Charles A. Atwill, and Private Rufus C. Green es-
caped the fate of their less fortunate companions,
being detailed on guard duty on board the storeship
Quinnebaug, still at New-Orleans. The twin
Brother of Lieut. Proctor was captured with the
rest. Both are brethren to Joseph Proctor, the well-
known tragedian. T. B. G.
[newspaper clipping continued: second column]
January 8, 10 a. m. P. S. The Rebel Payne, in
addition to the statements within, asserted that all
of the crew of the Harriet Lane were killed, with
the exception of eight, who are held as prisoners.
T. B. G.
[Gunn s diary continued]
others in Hills, where
we fell to scribbling
until about 3 A. M.
8. Thursday} Then
to bed till 7, up, wrote
letter, joined A. C. Hills
and Hayes and went
with the former in search
of vessels. The Illinois,
lying at Algiers, to
sail soon. Back to
breakfast. A solitary
stroll about the city.
Guns firing in honor of
the Battle of New Or-
leans. Back to St.
Charles street and
oysters at Wibel s, to
hotel and a two hour s
doze. Schell in, at
work, also A. C. Hills
from Algiers, where
he had successfully de-
livered himself of our
packages. Mutual whis-
key-skins, then to South-
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and sixty-six|
|Description:||Newspaper clipping written by Gunn for ''The New York Tribune,'' regarding the naval disaster at Galveston.|
|Subject:||Atwill, Charles A.; Burrill, Colonel; Civil War; Davis, Colonel; Green, Rufus C.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harriet Lane (Ship); Hayes (reporter); Hills, A.C.; Military; Nichols, George E.; Owasco (Ship); Payne, Captain; Proctor, Albert E.; Proctor, Joseph; Renshaw, Schell, Frank H.; Commodore; Violle, James L.; Wentworth, D.L.; Westfield (Ship)|
|Coverage (City/State):||New Orleans, [Louisiana]; Galveston, [Texas]|
|Coverage (Street):||St. Charles Street|
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One|
|Description:||Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; boarding house living; a visit to the Rawlings family; a fight with Mr. Blankman at his boarding house; his journey on the North Star with the Banks expedition; the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces; a visit to a sugar plantation in Louisiana; and Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Thomson's death.|
|Subject:||African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Transportation; Travel; Women|
|Coverage (City/State):||New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|Note:||Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.|
|Publisher:||Missouri History Museum|
|Rights:||Copyright 2010 Missouri History Museum.|
|Source:||Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.|