Off Galveston, Tex., April 21, 1865.
Acting Rear-Admiral H.
Comdg. West Gulf Squadron, Hdqrs, New Orleans
ADMIRAL: I have to report
that a steamer, in attempting to run out from Galveston on the night of the 19th, got
aground on the bar, endeavoring to elude the vessels stationed there. She succeeded
in getting off by throwing over some 200 bales of cotton, about 140 bales of which were
recovered by the Cornubia and Gertrude in the morning (89 by the
former and 50 by the latter), which will be sent in as soon as possible for adjudication.
The steamer was seen next under
Fort Point and returned to the city. The bar was very rough and the night hazy.
I have the honor to be, very
respectfully, your obedient servant,
B. F. SANDS,
Captain, U. S. Navy, Comdg. Third Div. West Gulf Squadron.
The steamer that [we] tried and
failed to get was the Denbigh, and lost 200 bales in the attempt.