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The Galveston Weekly News, April 5, 1865

During most of the Civil War, the Galveston Weekly News (now the Galveston County Daily News) was actually published in Houston.  As a result, news items from the island were sent as dated dispatches and often published several days after the actual events described.   The first blockade runner described in this article is probably either Wren or Pelican, both of which are believed to have entered Galveston on or about March 30.  The second vessel, which is reported to have run in through the gunfire of the Federal blockading fleet, may be the runner Fox; she arrived at Galveston on April 1, 1865.


news05.jpg (66241 bytes) Galveston, April 2, 1865

An inward bound blockade steamer made a narrow escape last Friday night. She ran ashore opposite the College, and was surrounded by Yankee launches at one time, and deserted by the crew. Strange to relate the Yankees did not board the vessel, but left when the crew went again on board, who succeeded in bringing the vessel into port.

Yesterday evening at 3 o'clock, a blockade steamer arrived that had been chased by gunboats since 5 o'clock in the morning. She passed boldly through the fleet several vessels firing at her - in all, 150 shots. She was struck four times, and had to throw all her cargo overboard. A flag of truce was sent out to the blockaders yesterday. No news by her. Another flag of truce is up to-day.

Last night another blockade running steamer arrived, bringing New York papers to March 22d. I copy the following dispatches from Flake's Bulletin.


Thanks to Valerie Buford of Galveston, Texas.


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