Battle on the Bay
The Civil War Struggle for Galveston
By (author) Edward T. Cotham
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Battle on the Bay by Edward T. Cotham
Book DescriptionThe 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780292712058
(230mm x 154mm x 18mm)
Imprint: University of Texas Press
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1998
Country of Publication: United States
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Sabine Pass, Paperback (October 2004)» View all books by Edward T. Cotham
In an 1882 speech, former Confederate president Jefferson Davis made an exuberant claim: 'That battle at Sabine Pass was more remarkable than the battle at Thermopylae.' Indeed, Sabine Pass was the site of one of the most decisive Civil War battles fought in Texas. This book provides a scholarly account of this remarkable victory.
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Author Biography - Edward T. Cotham
Edward T. Cotham, Jr., is an independent scholar based in Houston, Texas. He is a member and past president of the Houston Civil War Roundtable, and also leads tours of Civil War battlegrounds in Texas and lectures to historical and civic groups.
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