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Author Cotham, Edward T. (Edward Terrel), 1953-

Title Battle on the Bay : the Civil War struggle for Galveston / Edward T. Cotham, Jr.

Published Austin : University of Texas Press, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  973.733 COTH    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description 241 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [219]-230) and index.
Contents The war is postponed -- A safe condition -- Warming up for war -- The island city chooses sides -- City in the sea -- The blockade begins -- A pessimistic assessment -- Thomas Chubb and the royal yacht -- The threat of bombardment -- Captured by ferryboats -- The infantry arrives -- The prince and his players -- From Glorieta to Galveston -- Prince John plans his next production -- The Battle of Kuhn's Wharf -- Cottonclad victory -- After the battle -- A trap fails to close -- Still another disaster off Galveston -- An entrenched camp -- Treated like a conquered city -- Running the blockade -- The "closing act of the rebellion".
Summary 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. 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.
Subject Galveston, Battle of, Galveston, Tex., 1863.
ISBN 0292712057 (paperback: alk. paper)
0292712049 (alk. paper)