“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Surfside Beach in Brazoria County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)


Titlum-Tatlum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, July 28, 2016
1. Titlum-Tatlum Marker
Inscription. Nearby island, resort for fishermen, hunters, small boats. During the Civil War, 1861-65, used by such captains as H.C. Wedemeyer, a peacetime shipbuilder, as base for operations defying Federal blockade.

Ships loaded with cotton entered waterways around Titlum-Tatlum and hid among willows, out of range of observers with spyglasses on the tall masts of Federal blockading ships. On dark nights or in bad weather, blockade-runners would slip out of here to the open seas, hugging shores, sometimes being towed by men on land until water was reached.

Cotton taken overseas by such ships would buy for the Confederacy (hampered by lack of manufacturing facilities) guns, gunpowder, medicines, coffee, cloth, hardware and shoes. Purchases came into Texas by the same route that cotton was freighted out.

Aside from such havens as Titlum-Tatlum, blockade runners needed every advantage over the foe, for they supplied life-blood to the Confederacy. Texas gave them unstinted support: from her coast guard and from infantry and cavalry that would not let Federals land even to get drinking water or wood; so that blockade ships often had to drop duty and take off for New Orleans for supplies and repairs.
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 9602.)
Location of Titlum-Tatlum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker
2. Location of Titlum-Tatlum Marker

Location. 29° 4.737′ N, 95° 7.802′ W. Marker is near Surfside Beach, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker can be reached from San Luis Pass Park 0.3 miles west of Bluewater Highway (County Route 257). Click for map. Marker can be seen from parking lot in county park, in front of playground. Marker is in this post office area: Freeport TX 77541, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of San Luis (a few steps from this marker); Karankawa Campsite (approx. 11.7 miles away); Velasco (approx. 12.9 miles away); Historical Jetties (approx. 12.9 miles away); Old Velasco, CSA (approx. 12.9 miles away); Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (approx. 12.9 miles away); West Galveston Island (approx. 13.6 miles away); The Lively (approx. 13.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Surfside Beach.
Also see . . .  Mud Island (location of Titlum-Tatlum Bayou) article in Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on July 30, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 84 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on August 1, 2016.
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