Port Lavaca in Calhoun County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Naval Shelling of Lavaca
Civil War - Bombardment
Artillery batteries in Lavaca returned fired on two Union gunships that fired first on the small town October 31, 1862. Accurate fire from the shore batteries forced the gunboats, Clifton and Westfield, to move outside the range of the smaller shore guns before resuming fire. The gunboats fired again on Lavaca the morning of November 1. A total of 252 rounds were fired into the town but caused no loss of life
“…nobly did both officers and men perform their duty, working their guns as coolly as though on inspection, while a perfect storm of shot and shell rained around them. And this, although yellow fever had decimated their ranks…”
Lt. and Adjutant George E. Conklin
Caption: Bombardment of Port Velaca, Texas Oct. 31st and Nov. 1st, 1862. Courtesy of Special Collections & Archives Department, Nimitz Library, U.S. Naval Academy.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is October 31, 1862.
Location. 28° 37.093′ N, 96° 37.252′ W. Marker is in Port Lavaca, Texas, in Calhoun County. Marker can be reached from 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 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War Bombardment of Port Lavaca (here, next to this marker); Civil War Torpedo Works (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Lavaca.
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 22, 2021, by Chris Kneupper of Brazoria, Texas. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Last updated on May 22, 2021, by Chris Kneupper of Brazoria, Texas. Photos: 1. submitted on May 22, 2021, by Chris Kneupper of Brazoria, Texas. 2. submitted on May 2, 2021, by Chris Kneupper of Brazoria, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.