The Harriet Lane prepared to fire on the disembarking Rebels, and Hamilton was again ready to bring his deadly aim to bear. Suddenly they felt the Buffalo Bayou, they were shocked when they felt the Buffalo Bayou, with Michael McCormick at the helm, ram her at the wheel-house. Tom Green's sharpshooters were firing all the while.
The Bayou City assaulting the Harriet Lane
TheConfederates boarded the Harriet Lane. Leon Smith led the boarders. The Captain of the Harriet Lane was shot when the he refused to surrender. The Captain, Jonathan M. Wainwright, was the grandfather of Medal of Honor winner General Jonathan M. Wainwright the defender of Bataan and Corregidor in World War II.
The second ranking officer of the Harriet Lane was Lieutenant Edward Lea. Confederate Major Alfred M. Lea was among the boarders. The Confederate father found his son, Union Lieutenant Edward Lea, mortally wounded and dying on the deck. Major Lea held him in his arms. Lieutenant Lea recognized his father. Someone asked the Lieutenant if he had any special last wish he wanted carried out. Lieutenant Lea answered with his last words: "No, my father is here."
The ranking officer now left alive on the Harriet Lane, was a Mister Hannum. He surrendered the ship. He was quickly rushed below decks as the Confederates were hustling to put the Harriet Lane back in serviceable order. Edward A. Burke pulled down the U. S. flag and raised the Stars and Bars in its place.
The Owasco went to assist the Harriet Lane. The Texas sharpshooters let the Owasco know the Harriet Lane was now manned by Confederates. The Owasco backed away to get out of range of the deadly fire. The Owasco moved to a position roughly opposite 21st Street.
During the engagement between the Harriet Lane and the Confederate boats, the Confederate shore batteries where pouring supporting fire on the Union ships.