Port Lavaca in Calhoun County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Civil War Torpedo Works
In February 1863, local inventor E. G. Singer developed and tested a torpedo with a unique spring action ignition system on the shores of Lavaca Bay. With nine other Lavaca citizens including Singer's financial partner Dr. J. R. Fretwell and Captain David A. Bradbury, who was soon placed in charge of Confederate torpedo operations, Singer received authority to provide the new technology to Confederate forces in the vicinity. Several types of underwater and land mine torpedoes were manufactured at the experimental torpedo works in Lavaca. The devices were quickly installed in rivers throughout the South, including the Yazoo in Mississippi, and in Mobile Bay in Alabama. Singer's torpedo mines were instrumental in the defense of the Matagorda Bay area throughout 1863. (1998)
Erected 1998 by Texas Historical Commission and the Calhoun County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1199.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
Location. 28° 37.092′ N, 96° 37.253′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Lavaca TX 77979, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War Bombardment of Port Lavaca (here, next to this marker); Calhoun County Hurricanes (approx. half a mile away); Calhoun County Participation During World War II (approx. half a mile away); Howard Gallemore Hartzog, Sr. (approx. half a mile away); Halfmoon Reef Lighthouse (approx. 1.3 miles away); Port Lavaca (approx. 1.3 miles away); Site of the Town of Linnville (approx. 2.8 miles away); Battle of Norris Bridge (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Lavaca.
More about this marker. The marker must have been moved in recent years, as it is not located at the location given in the Texas Historical Commission's Atlas Map.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2021, by Chris Kneupper of Brazoria, Texas. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 2, 2021, by Chris Kneupper of Brazoria, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.