The Civil War in Texas: An Exhibit from the Texas State Library and Archives

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Sidney Sherman to Governor Edward Clark, May 22, 1861

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Sidney Sherman to Edward Clark, May 1861

of 8 per cent per annum—such a loan could
probably be effected among our citizens.

I beg also to submit to Your Ex-
cellency[‘]s consideration, the fact that the extra-
ordinary number of six Steam Ships to wit the
“Genl Rush” “Mexico” “Austin” “Matagorda” “Texas”
and “Orizaba” congregated in our port yester-
day (with the exception of the “Orizaba” which came
in from the lower Bay this morning) and all
were ordered to New Orleans I learned author-
itatively to be laid up in ordinary, leaving
us in a helpless condition in regard to com-
munication with the Sea[.] This fact of so
many Steamers being en route for the Balize at
one time whilst reconcilable to the idea that they
were getting into a safe port prior to block-
ade, also admitted of the hypothesis (large
charter money being offered by the Federal Gov-
ernment for this class of Steamers which du-
ring the war of course would be at a heavy
loss in Southern Waters) that they might be
but throwing themselves into the arms of the block-
ading vessels, about at this time off the mouth
of the Mississippi. I determined to detain one of
these vessels, (and fear I omitted doing the State
a greater service in not arresting more) as
it would be extremely advantageous in our
exposed condition on the Gulf to be without a
Sea Steamer to be used against a debarking
force in small boats at the mouth of our

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Sidney Sherman to Governor Edward Clark, May 22, 1861. Records of Governor Edward Clark.

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