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,
Captain, Commanding Detachment.
Col. J. M. SIMONTON.
APRIL 18, 1863.- Affair at Sabine Pass, Tex.
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,
Captain E. P. TURNER, Assistant Adjutant-General.
No. 2. Report of Lieutenant Col. W. H. Griffin, Twenty-first Texas Infantry.
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: