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The Galveston Weekly News, Wednesday, September 21, 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.


news02.jpg (92657 bytes) Galveston, Sept. 15th, 1864.

ED. NEWS: - Sickness has continued to spread quite rapidly within the last two days, and it is now admitted, by even "the respectable physicians," that it is an epidemic. The mortality thus far, has been greater than usual at the first introduction of yellow fever.

There is great dissatisfaction among the troops stationed here on account of the scarcity of supplies in the Commissary Department. This should be remedied. There can be no necessity for a lack of food in a State producing such a vast surplusage of all commissary supplies, if agents were efficient in their business. Farmers have generally exhibited great liberality in furnishing our troops the necessaries of life, and will not be wanting now, if properly appealed to.

BLOCKADE FLEET: - On the 14th, flag-ship, side-wheel steamer, seven gunboats, and two supply vessels. A three-masted propeller under way - two left in the evening. Flag of truce signalled this afternoon. On the 15th, flag-ship, side-wheel steamer, five gunboats, and two supply vessels. One gunboat left this morning for the north-east. Nine vessels here at present. Flag of truce boat will go out this morning

Galveston, Sept. 17th, 1864.

ED. NEWS: - Last night a portion of one of the commands on the Island attempted to take "French leave," via the bridge. They were, however, frustrated in their designs by the timely arrival of Degan's battery [sic., Dege’s] and a portion of the 2d Texas, who was drawn up in line of battle to prevent their departure. The affair was soon settled without the sheding of blood.

This morning several guns were discharged from Fort Magruder on one of the blockaders which was lying too close to shore. The blockader fired one shot in return, and moved off to a proper distance.

By order of Maj. Gen. [John G] Walker's, published yesterday, we are now quarantined from Houston. 11 vessels [of the Federal blockading fleet] outside. Yellow Fever still increasing.


Thanks to Valerie Buford of Galveston, Texas.


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