Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston (Google eBook)

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University of Texas Press, Jan 1, 2010 - History
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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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Contents

Introduction
1
The War Is Postponed
7
A Safe Condition
13
Warming Up for War
21
The Island City Chooses Sides
23
City in the Sea
26
The Blockade Begins
29
A Pessimistic Assessment
37
The Battle of Kuhns Wharf
113
Cottonclad Victory
124
After the Battle
135
A Trap Fails to Close
140
Still Another Disaster offGalveston
143
An Entrenched Camp
148
Treated like a Conquered City
160
Running the Blockade
168

Thomas Chubb and the Royal Yacht
42
The Threat of Bombardment
50
Captured by Ferryboats
57
The Infantry Arrives
73
The Prince and His Players
87
From Glorieta to Galveston
100
Prince John Plans His Next Production
105
The Closing Act of the Rebellion
176
Epilogue
184
Notes
189
Bibliography
219
Index
231
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About the author (2010)

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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