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The Galveston Weekly News, Wednesday, October 26, 1864

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.


news01.jpg (132374 bytes) Galveston, October 19, 1864.

ED. NEWS: - The raising of the [yellow fever] quarantine between here and Houston had changed the monotony of affairs on the departure of the train for your city. This morning there was quite a stir at the Express Office, from where the train starts, and the late glorious news from all quarters, just published in Flake's Bulletin, added greatly to the hilarity of the congregation present.

There was but two interments on yesterday, one of which, I regret to report, was that of Lieutenant Hebert, a son of the General's. [General Paul Octave Hebert, Confederate commander in charge of Galveston's defenses early in the war.] His remains were followed to the grave by a large concourse of citizens. He was an estimable young man, and much beloved.

Some delay was occasioned on the train today, in consequence of a misunderstanding existing on the part of the officer on the bridge, who, not having recieved an official notice of the raising of the quarantine, detained the train on the bridge some time, until the passes of the passengers were examined, although the regular Pass Inspector was on board. I suppose, however, this will be made all right in a day or two.

No one has yet been discovered of the perpetrator of the late murder.

Eleven [Federal blockading] vessels outside the bar this morning.

Galveston, Oct. 21, 1864.

ED. NEWS: - The fever is now, as an epidemic, non est - two interments on yesterday, both negroes [sic.]. Some of the physicians are talking about visiting your city [Houston], having nothing to do here.

Two schooners were brought up to the bar yesterday morning, one of which is the Emily, the other was supposed to be the Lilly, that sailed from this port the day before, but it has since been contradicted, and is thought to be a schooner from the Brazos. The Yanks are keeping a bright look out for blockade runners, and the boys, it is thought will have a bad time of it in the future.

The detention of the train on the bridge has been stopped by an order of Col. [Ashbel] Smith, and the old regulations in regard to passengers between the two cities has been revived.

We are all anxious here to hear the confirmation of the last glorious news recieved by telegraph a day or two since, and, should it be recieved, Jeff. Davis' order for a hundred guns will be responded to with a right good will.

Twelve vessels in sight, off the bar, this morning.

Galveston, Oct. 24, 1864.

ED. NEWS: - The steamer Denbigh left, all safe, on Friday last with a cargo of cotton. Some five or six deserters, (not from Mud Island) it is said secreted themselves on board the Denbigh and made good their exit. On Saturday night last two men from Co. B, Light Artillery, stole a boat from one of the wharves, and went out to the Yankees.

Only one interment from Yellow Fever on yesterday. Very few new cases are reported.

Ten vessels in sight off the bar this morning.


Thanks to Valerie Buford of Galveston, Texas.


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