Confederate veteran


Interment source: 

Marie Blucher, Librarian, La Retama Public Library, ca. 1940

As cited in:

Marrow, Mary, Bay View Cemetery.  Corpus Christi: La Retama Public  Library, 1962.






1.  "Henry Mote was the only casualty in 1862 battle"  

Corpus Christi Caller-Times  (August 13, 2004). Available on microfilm.


2. Bombardment of Corpus Christi, 1862


BOMBARDMENT of Corpus Christi!

Major A. M. Hobby, Commands.  Leads a daring charge!

Boats Beaten! Victory?

Full Particulars.

On Wednesday last, the yankees, with a (force) consisting of one  teamer of three __________ two schooners and one sloop of ________, came to anchor in front of our (city) _________.  Next morning, the commander of the yankees, landed at the upper wharf, under (flag) of truce, and was met by Maj. A. M. Hobby, command of this Post.  A ________ (meeting) was held, but no definite results obtained.  At 4 P.M., same day, by agreement, the same parties again met, when the __________ (yankee) Captain demanded the right and _________.  Major Hobby, promptly (denied) him his demands, denied his claims and informed the yankee that whenever he ________ on our soil, he would be attacked _________ test of arms," the yankee said " he _________ (would) enforce his demands." An armistice of forty-eight hours was asked, which at (first) was refused but afterwards was granted.  During the armistice, every family in the place moved into the country. Though __________ under a burning August sun, into an ________ and barren prairie, with only here and there a tree to shelter the aged, sick and ____________, and during a long continued night and a consequent scarcity of water _________ distress, our people gladly endured the privations and sufferings, with the __________ of a patriotic devotion, rather than submit to abolition rule, or less still, __________ our public buildings inspected (by) the freebooters.

The enemy did not commence the bombardment, upon the expiration of the armistice.  Up to this time there was neither ___________ work thrown up nor gun in position. (The) armistice would not allow of preparation during its continuance.  We were in apparently poor condition to offer a visitor resistance.  But Major Hobby, as __________ will show, proved himself equal to the emergency.  With consummate skill and military sagacity he managed all subsequent arrangements.  No sooner was it __________ than a battery was commenced close to the water's edge, in the north part of the City ad under the guns of the enemy.  Before day, it was completed and one 18 and two 12-pounders, all smooth bores, (the total available artillery), were in position.  At fair dawn, to the surprise of the enemy, the thunder of our artillery informed him that he was in hostile waters, and several rounds, some effective, were given before he could reply.  Presently, he was at his work, and a terrific fire was directed at our battery.  Many shells, however, were thrown from the fleet in every conceivable direction to and within one and one-half miles about the City, in hopes of finding the locality of our troops, which, whoever, proved a failure.  Thus the fight continued throughout the day.  Many houses were pierced with shot, shell and their fragments.  _________ ties on our side, being, nobody hurt and no material damage done the battery.  It had withstood for one day, a heavy fire, and proven impregnable to elongated shot.

Next day, it being Sunday, the fleet remained at the moorings last spoken of, and employed the day in repairing their damaged vessels.

Monday morning the fight again opened, which was maintained the same in all respects, as it had been on the previous Saturday, until about 10:00 A. M., when the enemy landed, in all thirty-two marines and a 6-pound rifled field piece, upon the beach about a mile to the north of and opened an enfilading fire upon our battery, which having only a water front was without the power of replying.  The enemy's shore forces were rapidly closing in on our battery, meanwhile, keeping up a continuous fire.  Their projectiles were directed with great precision, each shot barely clearing our guns.  The gun boats were in line-of-battle, so as to completely covers the open space between our battery and their shore force.  To charge over this ground, would have been a forlorn hope to all who would venture to do it.  Here was a critical moment, the chances of success seemingly being with the Yankees.  Steadily their shore force was approaching, making every moment more critical, until it came within six hundred yards, when Major Hobby, called for twenty-five men to follow him.  They did follow and gallantly did the Major lead as desperate a charge as was ever made.  Notwithstanding, the gunboats belched forth volleys of grape, canister, shrapnel and shell upon our boys, on they went, and away went the Yankees marines as fast as their legs could carry the, barely getting off with their gun and a loss of four killed or wounded, which they were seen to carry off the field. Our men returned to the battery, and although they had been exposed to showering torrents of missiles of death, there, was only one man killed, Henry Mote, who was shot through the head and one wounded, Major Hobby, who was grazed with a grape shot on the side of the forehead, besides, another passed through his hat.  Meanwhile the battery had not been idle, for taking advantage of the short range the gunboats had _________ passing completely through the steamer.  The fleet then hauled off and continued the bombardment until dark, and this morning tuck tail and left Corpus Christi the Vicksburg of Texas, being completely foiled and whipped.  We have no means of knowing the loss of the enemy, further than already stated.  Our loss is one killed and one slightly wounded. The damage done the City is considerable.  The enemy threw over four hundred shot and shell during the bombardment, many of which were fired into harmless houses.  One Wm.  Kitridge, commanded the yankees.

Our forces, consisting of Hobby's battalion, War's cavalry, Neal's artillery, Ireland's infantry and citizens, done every duty that men or soldiers could do.  All were represented in the charge, and all partake of its imperishable honors.  Too much praise cannot be bestowed upon them.  Major Hobby has proven himself a sagacious commander.  His plan of defense shows his quick perception in the wise manner in which he took advantage of nature and art so as to make a successful resistance to the insolent foe.  His leading in the desperate charge, precisely at the right time, establishes his bravery, and evidences his cool and unerring judgment under most trying circumstances.  With such men to lead and direct our brave troops, victory will always be ours.  ALL HONOR TO THE BRAVE DEFENDERS OF CORPUS CHRISTI!


Source: The Ranchero Extra, August 19, 1862, p.1, cols 1-3

Research by:  Msgr. Michael A. Howell


Transcription by:  Geraldine D. McGloin, Nueces County Historical Commission



3.  Death citation


Private Henry Mote (CSA) was killed August 17, 1862 in the Battle of Corpus Christi.

Source: Briscoe, Eugenia. City by the Sea: A History of Corpus Christi, Texas, 1519-1875.                 

   Corpus Christi: Vantage Press, 1985.



Research by: Msgr. Michael A. Howell



4.  News article, 1908


Mr. Josephus Sparrow Goliad county's oldest citizen was among the excursionists to this city Saturday.  This was Mr. Sparrow's first visit to this city in 40 years and he was considerably surprised at this port's growth.  He served as a ranger in this section in the early 40 's in assisting to subdue the bands of Indians and outlaws who were numerous then and also holds the distinction of ______ Confederate who participated in firing the last shots of the Civil war at Brownsville.

During his visit to the city he met up with Mr. Thomas Tinney, and they discussed old times.  Some time ago an article appeared in the Caller relative to the finding __________ human bones out at the Spohn Sanitarium during the excavation for the new building.  Pieces of a gun, a scabbard, bayonet and _________ was that was buried there, being one of the Confederate soldiers in camp who were fired upon by the union officers.

Mr. Sparrow was informed of the finding of bones and remains of war implements, and at once remembered that a Confederate soldier was killed at that place during the bombardment by the Yankees.  His name was Henry Mote.  During the bombardment the stuck his head over the rampart and was struck by a bullet and killed.  He was the only man on the confederate side killed during the firing.  The body of Mote was turned over to an Indian by the name of Griffin to be buried.  Griffin buried the body after the custom of the Indian, interring all his belongings with his body.  The incident was forgotten until the finding of the human bones, and the remains of the war implements refreshed the memory of Mr. Sparrow. Many of the older citizens remember the Indian Griffin.  He was a tall, lanky fellow and for a long time was a character about the city.


Source:  Corpus Christi Weekly Caller, September 4, 1908, p. 6, col. 3

Research by:  Msgr. Michael A. Howell



Transcription by: Geraldine D. McGloin, Nueces County Historical Commission




5.  News article, 1908


Mystery of the Human Remains Not Solved


The identity of the remains found in the excavation for the new addition to the Spohn hospital is still a matter of doubt.  It will be remembered that when Contractor Reid's forces some time ago were excavating got the foundation they uncovered the remains of what was undoubtedly once a soldier.  Human bones were found, together with rusted pieces of war implements and buttons containing an eagle, evidently the kind of Union army button that was worn at the time.

At the time of the finding of the remains, much discussion as created and no solution was had.  Later Mr. Sparrow an aged veteran came here from Goliad on a visit, and he explained that finding of the remains with the war implements by saying that during the attack on this city by the Federal army during the war, a soldier by the name of Mote was killed.  He was the only soldier on the Confederate side that was killed during the engagement; that he stuck hi s head over the ramparts and a bullet struck him.

It was explained as a reason for the finding of the war implements as well as the button that the remains were turned over to an Indian by the name of Griffin, and that Mote was buried Indian fashion, with his clothes and all of his belongings.  The Union button was explained by the statement that in those times the confederates were short of clothing and they wore Union clothes or any other kind of clothes they could secure.  These statements satisfied many people here that the remains were those of Mote, the only man who was killed during the engagement.

A letter has been received form Messrs. George A Brundrett and J. M. Brundrett, both of Lamar.  They deny the statements of Mr. Sparrow, and say that such a statement is a reflection upon the memory of the man who was killed in the engagement as well as a reflection upon Colonel Hobby of the regiment.

Mote, they state, was not killed in the manner indicated by Sparrow.  He was killed in a charge, and it was a brave charge.  A few of the Union soldiers had landed, a Colonel Hobby called for volunteers to either capture them or put them to flight.  Mote was one of the volunteers.  The charge was a fierce one and the enemy was utterly routed. but Mote lost his life.  He was given a soldier's burial in a cemetery, and the entire army followed the remains to their last resting place.

While this statement clears up the burial of Mote, it does not explain the identity of the soldier who was buried at the spot where the remains were found.  It is believed by Mr. E. T. Merriman  of the Caller that the remains were those of a Union solider who was sick at the time Taylor's  army was encamped at the place.  A number of soldiers were sick at the time they were encamped here and the encampment was at this particular place.  Mr. Merriman believes that when Taylor marched to Mexico with his army he left one of the sick soldiers who was unable to go with the army, that this soldier died and was buried with his clothes on, and that his was implements were placed with him in the grave.

This may not be the correct solution of the mystery, but it is the most plausible statement yet made relative to the finding of the remains.


Source: Corpus Christi Weekly Caller, October 16, 1908

Research by:  Msgr. Michael A. Howell

Transcription by: Geraldine D. McGloin, Nueces County Historical Commission 

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