Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston / Edition 1

Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston / Edition 1

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by Edward T. Cotham, Jr. Edward T. Cotham
     
 

ISBN-10: 0292712057

ISBN-13: 9780292712058

Pub. Date: 01/28/1998

Publisher: University of Texas Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292712058
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,238,624
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. The War Is Postponed
2. A Safe Condition
3. Warming Up for War
4. The Island City Chooses Sides
5. City in the Sea
6. The Blockade Begins
7. A Pessimistic Assessment
8. Thomas Chubb and the Royal Yacht
9. The Threat of Bombardment
10. Captured by Ferryboats
11. The Infantry Arrives
12. The Prince and His Players
13. From Glorieta to Galveston
14. Prince John Plans His Next Production
15. The Battle of Kuhn's Wharf
16. Cottonclad Victory
17. After the Battle
18. A Trap Fails to Close
19. Still Another Disaster off Galveston
20. An Entrenched Camp
21. Treated like a Conquered City
22. Running the Blockade
23. The "Closing Act of the Rebellion"
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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