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did his duty. Lieutenant Allen, the only commissioned officer I had with me, is entitled to great credit and praise for the gallantry and intelligence he displayed in the execution of my orders.

I am, colonel, with high respect, your obedient servant,

GADI HERREN,

Captain, Commanding Detachment.

Col. J. M. SIMONTON.

APRIL 18, 1863.- Affair at Sabine Pass, Tex.

REPORTS.

No. 1.- Brigadier General W. R. Scurry, C. S. Army.

No. 2.- Lieutenant Col. W. H. Griffin, Twenty-first Texas Infantry.

No. 1. Report of Brigadier General W. R. Scurry, C. S. Army

HEADQUARTERS EASTERN SUB-DISTRICT OF TEXAS,

Houston, Tex., April 19, 1863.

SIR: I have the honor of reporting, for the information of the major-general commanding, the following telegram directed to me and just received:

HEADQUARTERS SABINE PASS,

April 18, 1863.

Last night I placed 30 men in the light-house, under Lieutenant Jones, of Griffin's battalion. To-day, at 11 o'clock, 13 Federals came up to the light-house in two small boats. We captured 6 men, including Captain McDermot, of the Cayuga, who was mortally wounded, and the captain's big. The other boat escaped with 3 men. Four were killed in the water. Second Lieutenant Wright, of D company, Griffin's battalion, was killed, gallantry leading the men. No other casualties.

WM. H. GRIFFIN,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Sabine Pass.

I would also report that on the 13th instant Captain Charles Fowler, with 3 men, on the Don Juan, was captured while on a reconnaissance in Sabine Bay.

I shall transmit the official reports so soon as received.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. R. SCURRY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Captain E. P. TURNER, Assistant Adjutant-General.

No. 2. Report of Lieutenant Col. W. H. Griffin, Twenty-first Texas Infantry.

HEADQUARTERS,

Sabine Post, April 28, 1863.

SIR: I have the honor to make the following report as to an engagement between a part of the troops under my command and a small part of the enemy on Saturday, the 18th instant: