Sabine Pass: The Confederacy's Thermopylae
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. But unlike the Spartans, who succumbed to overwhelming Persian forces at Thermopylae more than two thousand years before, the Confederate underdogs triumphed in a battle that over time has become steeped in hyperbole. Providing a meticulously researched, scholarly account of this remarkable victory, Sabine Pass at last separates the legends from the evidence.
In arresting prose, Edward T. Cotham, Jr., recounts the momentous hours of September 8, 1863, during which a handful of Texans—almost all of Irish descent—under the leadership of Houston saloonkeeper Richard W. Dowling, prevented a Union military force of more than 5,000 men, 22 transport vessels, and 4 gunboats from occupying Sabine Pass, the starting place for a large invasion that would soon have given the Union control of Texas.
Sabine Pass sheds new light on previously overlooked details, such as the design and construction of the fort (Fort Griffin) that Dowling and his men defended, and includes the battle report prepared by Dowling himself. The result is a portrait of a mythic event that is even more provocative when stripped of embellishment.
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Edward Cotham's book on Sabine Pass is one of the best books I've read in a while. It's smoothly written, well-documented and annotated, and he gives the full range from minute tactical details to the ... Read full review
SETTING THE SCENE
THE ADMIRAL AND THE FORTS
FROM BAR TO BATTLE
COTTONCLADS WITH CANNON
PLANNING A VICTORY
TEXAS IS THE TARGET
SABINE PASS AS A STEPPINGSTONE
ATTACK OF THE GUNBOATS
PRAISE AND BLAME
THE WAR ENDS FOR FORT GRIFFIN
REPORT OF LIEUT R W DOWLING COMPANY F COOKS TEXAS ARTILLERY CONCERNING THE BATTLE OF SABINE PASS
ANNOTATED LIST OF SABINE PASS BATTLE PARTICIPANTS
UNION CASUALTIES AT THE BATTLE OF SABINE PASS
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... a reality that is wonderfully recreated in Edward Cotham’s new book Sabine Pass : The Confederacy's Thermopylae . According to Cotham, Fort Griffin was ...
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