Florilda was employed by the Texas Marine Department [See Annex III] in 1863 as a troop transport. Capt. J. Price and his officers were commended by Col. Leon Smith, CSA, for their role in the Battle of Sabine Pass, 8 September, in which USS Clifton and Sachem were captured. The citation said Florilda "assisted in placing the reinforcements at disposal in time to effectually intimidate the enemy from further attack."