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Galveston. March 6th 1865.

Little Honey
I have allowed a day or two over my usual time to pass in visiting to you for the reason that I have been very busy, and, besides wanted to see the termination, or result, of a matter here in which I have been particularly interested, and to let you know about it. You will remember that I wrote you in my last letter my apprehensions as to a meeting or something of the kind, occurring an account of the suspension of furloughs among the troops here. Well, a night or two after the date of that letter, the meeting was attempted. About 150 or 200 men, with arms, assembled, at about 8 o'clock on the night of the 26th, and proceeded to Gent Hawes H.D.Qrts with the armed intention of making him grant furloughs, or to hang him. Not finding him there, they tore & scattered about the papers in the office, and then left with the intention of going to his house, that is, the house in which he lives, or stays, here, but finding that strong guards had been turned out to intercept & assert them, they failed, or, at least, didn't carry out their intention. After leaving Genl Hawes Hd. Qrts, they seem to have dispersed, or, at least, nothing more was seen of any arms in the crowd assembled. And now to come to the other part of it, in which it happened that I was a participator. Col. Timmens and myself were together, in our quarters, when we were informed of the meeting; and immediately proceeded to the scene of action, that is, Genl Hawes Hd. Qrts. For the purpose of seeing whether any of the men of our Regt were present, or concerned, in it, and to assist in stopping the affair. When we arrived at the place, we found a tolerably larger crowd assembled, not in one mass, but scattered about in squads. It was composed of soldiers, citizens, children etc. The mutineers had left, or, at least, there was not a gun to be seen in the crowd. In the mean time Maj. Fly, who is acting as Cmdr of the Post here, had called out four companies of the 2nd Tex. Inftry, & they were drawn up in line on the ground in front of Hd. Arts. While Col. Timmens & myself were going about in the crowd to ascertain who they were, & what they were about, Maj. Fly suddenly gave the command to those four companies to fire on the crowd without giving any warning, or notice, of his intention whatever. Most of his men had sense enough to fire in the air, and did do so. But some of them fired into the crowd. I should have mentioned before that it was Sunday night, & the congregation from the Methodist Church, which is close by, had just come out, and there were a good many ladies in the crowd, passing through on their way home, at the time the firing was done. There was one man of our Regt killed and two or three, of other Rgts., wounded. The man of our Regt who was killed, A Biss of Co. F. had just come out of church and was not more than five steps in front of some ladies and gentlemen who were also returning from church. Some of the bullets whistled tolerably close to me, but I was lucky enough not to get hit though I was standing, at the time, in the direct line of fire. Both Col. Timmens and myself, at the time, and on every occasion since denounced the act (of firing) as the most unanswerable, unjustifiable and inhuman we had ever witnessed, and that, as it was done by order of Maj. Fly,, and had resulted in the death of at least one man, he was in every sense of the word, a murderer. But Genl Hawes has sustained Maj Fly in the matter and has put Col. Timmens and myself under arrest for expressing our opinion as above stated. That is the position of the case now. I understand that he intends proferring charges against us, and hope he will do so, as, in that way, we will have a chance to develop all the facts of the case. Although this is the first time I have ever been under arrest, and ought, as a matter of course, to be very much depressed about it, still some how or other, I feel, not only relieved but, very much pleased; for, the fact is, I have become so much displeased with this service that I prefer having as little to do with it as possible. If he will only keep me under arrest until either he, or our Regt., is ordered away from here, I will feel under many obligations to him. In the mean time, Little Darling, you need have no uneasiness about me what ever. I do not at all fear the result of a trial by Court Martial, and even if there were any charges, I feel so fully satisfied of the right of my position, that I do not care for the consequences. Being under arrest, and having nothing to do, I expect to write to you tolerably frequently, and to let you know all about the matter as it progresses, and I will put you on your guard now, as to believing any rumors which you may hear. I forgot to mention that a rumor was very prevalent immediately after the occurrence of this [mission __] Regt. was principally concerned in it. This is _ _ _. A court of Inquiry, appointed by Genl Hawes to ascertain who the mutinous men, have investigated this matter and report that our men were not engaged in the affair at all; which I knew to be the fact. I wish I could be at home, Little Honey, during my arrest; I am satisfied I should enjoy it much more. I have known officers to be kept under arrest several months, and if it looks like it is going to be the case with me, I shall make application to have my limits extended to Fairfield. An arrest of an officer, as you are probably aware, in a case like this, is mainly relieving him from duty, and specifying his limits, say the city of Galveston or the city of Houston, or something of that kind. It very frequently occurs that they got an extension of their limits to go home and remain there until their trial comes off.
I am very anxious to hear from you Little Darling. I have not received a letter from you since the one brought down by Tom. Kiss the children for me.


De.