“Send them along!”

Eyewitness sketch showing the captured Union steamer Harriet Lane (left) and Confederate cottonclad Bayou City, at the end of the Battle of Galveston, January 1, 1863. Rosenberg Library, Galveston.


After the recapture of Galveston on New Years Day, 1863 resulted in the capture of the Union steamer Harriet Lane and the destruction of U.S.S. Westfield, more than a little triumphalism was in evidence. Houston Tri-Weekly Telegraph, January 2:

If the Federals have any more ships they would like to contribute to the Confederate navy, let them send them along. Texas has contributed all she could well spare in the way of men. She would like to add to her contributions, and a navy is the next best thing to the glorious troops she has sent to the field. Send them along, uncle Abraham!
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