Military History, Texas Volume: "On May 3, 1863. the enemy attempted to land on St. Joseph's Island, were repelled by small force commanded by Captains E. E. Hobby and B. F. Neal. Colonel A. M. Hobby, Commander at Corpus Christi, reports that the men were exposed to heavy rain and without food. They numbered sixty-four, armed with forty guns. The enemy was many, the three boats coming in single file. The first launch was captured, with six new Sharp rifles and cartridge boxes and one ammunition chest. The other boats fleeing back to the fleet; the captured boat was dragged across the Island to Aransas Bay. Of more importance was the recapture of ten bales of cotton, which had been confiscated at some point on the coast, by the enemy and placed there pending shipment North, for cotton sent to Mexican border meant shoes, clothes, food, medicines, ammunition. At that date cotton and gold were synonymous terms, with cotton slightly in the lead. To the Union Camp on Mustang went the citizens who refused to accept the Confederacy, where they were given shelter, and later transportation to New Orleans."
the old flag, there were notable exceptions. Of names I can call to mind are the good and old names of Von Blucher, of same family as he of Waterloo; Colonel Lovenskiold, a highly educated gentleman at one time a teacher here; John Uehlinger, for many years after the war a leading merchant; August Ricklefsen, who died many years since; Andrew Dove, a native of Bonny Scotland, and undoubtedly others whom the writer did not know. The names mentioned are all borne today in Corpus Christi by good people, representative people, hence knowledge of them.
That some of the citizens did not sanction the findings of the Court was proven several years later, when the Honorable John Ireland was a candidate for Congress. Colonel Ireland had been in command of Corpus Christi at the time of the execution. During his canvass he spoke to a small audience here. The writer heard his denial of being responsible for this unfortunate happening. In his speech he said, "The man who says I had art or part in the death of these men is a liar. As Commander of this Post. I was ordered to see the sentence executed. As a soldier I obeyed orders."