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Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Galveston, C. S. A.

 
 
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By Jim Evans, September 9, 2012
1. Galveston, C. S. A. Marker
Inscription.  Most important Texas seaport during the Civil War. Had consulates of England, France and Spain and worldwide recognition as a cotton exporter. Set up defenses including 10 mud forts and gun batteries on beaches, at railroad depot and on Pelican Spit.

Continued shipping cotton in spite of Federal blockade which began in July 1861. Blockade runners used speed, shallow draft ships, wit and courage to escape the Federal ships and haul cotton to Nassau, Havana or Europe and return with guns, medicines and other goods essential to the Confederacy.

In Oct. 1862, lack of guns large enough to stop a Federal bombardment caused Gov. F. R. Lubbock to call for evacuation of civilians. The 42nd Massachusetts regiment occupied the city Dec. 25. A week later, Jan. 1, 1863, Confederates recaptured it with forces led by Gen. John B. Magruder, Col. Tom Green and Capts. Leon Smith and Henry Lubbock with "Horse Marines" (mounted Rangers) and "Cotton Clads" (ships walled in cotton bales with gun embrasures).

The Trans-Miss. Dept., last Confederate force to surrender, signed terms here June 2, 1865. Federal occupation on June 19
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By Jim Evans, 9
2. Galveston, C. S. A. Marker
proclaimed Emancipation, and ex-slaves afterwards celebrated "Juneteenth."
 
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 7459.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 29° 19.084′ N, 94° 46.591′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker can be reached from North Holiday Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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 Medical College (approx. half a mile away); "Old Red" (approx. half a mile away); St. Mary's Hospital (approx. 0.6 miles away); Near Campsites of Louis-Michel Aury and Francisco Xavier Mina (approx. 0.7 miles away); Galveston Island (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jean Lafitte (approx. ¾ mile away); Davidson-Penland House (approx. 0.8 miles away); James S. Waters House (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
 
More about this marker. This marker is inside the Galveston Yacht Club. You must be let in by a guard.
 
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By Jim Evans, September 9, 2012
3. Panorama of One Row of Boat Slips
This marker is located inside the Galveston Yacht Club. There were several rows of boat slips like this one.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 514 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 11, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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