Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Texas Revolution and Civil War
Galveston was declared a Port of Entry in 1825 by Mexico and a customs house was established. The City served as capital of The Republic of Texas when President David G. Burnett and his cabinet were forced to abandon the interior at the time Sam Houston's forces met and defeated the Mexican army at San Jacinto in 1836.
Michel B. Menard purchased what is now the present site of Galveston from the Republic of Texas in 1836 for $50,000.
Galveston County was created in 1838 by an act of the Texas Congress. The city of Galveston was incorporated in 1839.
During the next decade, Galveston shared in the rapid growth and development of Texas. Churches were established and banks were founded. The Galveston News began publication and the first Federal Count in Texas was established. The City was soon to become the most important cultural and commercial center in the State.
In 1858, trackage of the Galveston, Houston and Henderson
By July 1861, the Federal blockade was extended to Texas. Confederate forces evacuated Galveston in October, 1862, but in 1863, with General John Bankhead Magruder in command, the Confederate forces occupied the City, capturing four vessels and some 300 Federal troops. The Confederate forces remained here until the end of the Civil War.
Erected by The County of Galveston.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, Texas Independence • War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1861.
Location. 29° 18.193′ N, 94° 47.388′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Moody Avenue and Winnie Street. This marker is directly in front of the Galveston County Courthouse. There is a circle of similar plaques in this location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 722 Moody Avenue, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. [Galveston County] Early History (here, next to this marker); Texas Bar Association (a few steps from this marker); Dignified Resignation (a few steps from this marker); Reconstruction to 1900 (a few steps from this marker); Exploration George Campbell Childress (a few steps from this marker); [Galveston County] 1901-1965 (within shouting distance of this marker); Norris Wright Cuney (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
Also see . . . Battle of Galveston (War Between the States). (Submitted on December 2, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 954 times since then and 55 times this year. Last updated on December 25, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. Photos: 1. submitted on December 19, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. 2. submitted on December 1, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.