War of the Rebellion: Serial 041 Page 0395 Chapter XXXVIII. THE RIO GRANDE EXPEDITION, ETC.

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I cannot say too much for the gallantry of the officers and men under my command in this action. It was above all praise. I have never before witnessed good conduct in battle so universal.

I am greatly indebted to my own staff for their efficiency. Captain Hart, who always distinguishes himself in battle, was placed under the command of Colonel Roberts, to assist him on our left, and for his conduct I refer you particularly to the report of Colonel. Roberts.* Captain [C. B.] Sheppard, of my old military family, was (as ever before in battle) gallant and useful. I cannot say too much in praise of Acting Assistant Adjutant- General [E. R.] Wells. My engineer, Captain Ellis, and Lieutenant [J.] Avery, and Volunteer Aide- de- Camp (for the occasion) George [T.] Madison, were also very useful and efficient. I herewith submit a statement of casualties. A full lest of names as soon as procured will be forwarded.

To Chief Surgeon George Cupples great praise is due in using the limited means at his command in alleviating the sufferings of our noble soldiers and his great an untiring activity in the discharge of all his duties.

Owing to the breaking down of the horses in section of Semmes' battery, it did not arrive in time to participate in the action.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Brigadier- General, Commanding Cavalry Division.

Major E. SURGET,

Assistant Adjutant- General, District of Western Louisiana.


Command. Killed. Wounded. Missing.

11th Texas Infantry, Colonel O. 4 15 32

M. Roberts commanding

15th Texas Infantry, Lieutenant- 7 22 5

Colonel Harrison commanding

18th Texas Infantry, Colonel King 10 40 4


Lane's (Texas) cavalry, Major [W. ...... ....... 8

P.] Sanfley commanding

Madison's (Texas) cavalry, 1 4 2

Colonel [George T.] Madison


Stone's (Texas) cavalry, ....... 6 1

Lieutenant- Colonel[Isham] Chisum


4th Texas Cavalry, Colonel [W. ....... 4 2

P.] Hardeman commanding

5th Texas Cavalry, Colonel [H. ....... 6 1

C.] McNeill commanding

7th Texas Cavalry, Lieutenant- ...... 2 ......

Colonel [P. T.] Herbert


Waller's battalion cavalry, ....... 3 .......

Captain [W. A.] McDade


Rifle section Daniel's battery, ....... 1 .......

Lieutenant [S. M.] Hamilton


Total 22 103 55

OCTOBER 27- DECEMBER 2, 1863.- The Rio Grande Expedition, and operations on the coast of Texas.


Oct. 27. 1863- Expedition, under command of Major- General Banks, U. S. Army, sails from the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Nov. 2, 1863.- Brazos Island occupied by the Union forces.

6, 1863.- Brownsville and Point Isabel occupied by the Union forces.

17, 1863.- Capture of Confederate battery at Aransas Pass.

22-30, 1863.- Expedition against and capture of Fort Esperanza, Matagorda Island.


*Not found.