Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston

Paperback | January 1, 1998

byEdward T., Jr. Cotham

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The Civil War history of Galveston is one of the last untold stories from America's bloodiest war, despite the fact that Galveston was a focal point of hostilities throughout the conflict. As other Southern ports fell to the Union, Galveston emerged as one of the Confederacy's only lifelines to the outside world. When the war ended in 1865, Galveston was the only major port still in Confederate hands.

In this beautifully written narrative history, Ed Cotham draws upon years of archival and on-site research, as well as rare historical photographs, drawings, and maps, to chronicle the Civil War years in Galveston. His story encompasses all the military engagements that took place in the city and on Galveston Bay, including the dramatic Battle of Galveston, in which Confederate forces retook the city on New Year's Day, 1863.

Cotham sets the events in Galveston within the overall conduct of the war, revealing how the city's loss was a great strategic impediment to the North. Through his pages pass major figures of the era, as well as ordinary soldiers, sailors, and citizens of Galveston, whose courage in the face of privation and danger adds an inspiring dimension to the story.

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The Civil War history of Galveston is one of the last untold stories from America's bloodiest war, despite the fact that Galveston was a focal point of hostilities throughout the conflict. As other Southern ports fell to the Union, Galveston emerged as one of the Confederacy's only lifelines to the outside world. When the war ended in ...

An independent scholar of Civil War history and former president of the Houston Civil War Roundtable, Ed Cotham is also active in the movement to preserve Civil War sites. He lives in Houston.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:253 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.75 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292712057

ISBN - 13:9780292712058

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. The War Is Postponed2. A Safe Condition3. Warming Up for War4. The Island City Chooses Sides5. City in the Sea6. The Blockade Begins7. A Pessimistic Assessment8. Thomas Chubb and the Royal Yacht9. The Threat of Bombardment10. Captured by Ferryboats11. The Infantry Arrives12. The Prince and His Players13. From Glorieta to Galveston14. Prince John Plans His Next Production15. The Battle of Kuhn's Wharf16. Cottonclad Victory17. After the Battle18. A Trap Fails to Close19. Still Another Disaster off Galveston20. An Entrenched Camp21. Treated like a Conquered City22. Running the Blockade23. The "Closing Act of the Rebellion"EpilogueNotesBibliographyIndex

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The Civil War history of Galveston is one of the last untold stories from America’s bloodiest war, despite the fact that Galveston was a focal point of hostilities throughout the conflict. As other Southern ports fell to the Union, Galveston emerged as one of the Confederacy’s only lifelines to the outside world. When the war ended in 1865, Galveston was the only major port still in Confederate hands. In this beautifully written narrative history, Ed Cotham draws upon years of archival and on-site research, as well as rare historical photographs, drawings, and maps, to chronicle the Civil War years in Galveston. His story encompasses all the military engagements that took place in the city and on Galveston Bay, including the dramatic Battle of Galveston, in which Confederate forces retook the city on New Year’s Day, 1863. Cotham sets the events in Galveston within the overall conduct of the war, revealing how the city’s loss was a great strategic impediment to the North. Through his pages pass major figures of the era, as well as ordinary soldiers, sailors, and citizens of Galveston, whose courage in the face of privation and danger adds an inspiring dimension to the story.Devotees of American Civil War literature should find their horizons broadened and their understanding of the war enhanced by this book. - Donald S. Frazier, author of Cottonclads! The Battle of Galveston and the Defense of the Texas Coast