Surfside in Brazoria County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Old Velasco, CSA
The South exchanged cotton for European guns, ammunition, milled goods and medicines for army and home use. Velasco was one of the busiest ports. Federal vessels attempted to stop vital trade, and constantly fired upon runners as well as the shore defenses and patrols. The runners would approach the port on dark nights when the waters were smooth, and by the use of sounding lines could determine nearness to shore and avoid blockaders. Boilers would be kept well fired with hard coal that burned with a minimum of smoke, in case it became necessary to outrun Federal patrol ships.
Union ships had to go to New Orleans for drinking water, food and fuel, because Texas marines on rafts or dredgeboats or Texas cavalry and infantry units kept them off the shores. The raw courage of the Texas coastal defenders made this a most dramatic story in the history of the Confederacy.
Erected 1964 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9607.)
Location. 28° 57.047′ N, 95° 17.163′ W. Marker is in Surfside, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker is at the intersection of Blue Water Highway (State Highway 332) and Surf Drive when traveling east on Blue Water Highway. Touch for map. The marker is located next to another marker and a large stone marker. These markers are all located together about 50 yards from the automobile entrance booth to the beach and 1 block south of Intracoastal Waterway. Marker is in this post office area: Freeport TX 77541, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Velasco (here, next to this marker); Historical Jetties (here, next to this marker); Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (here, next to this marker); The Lively (approx. one mile away); Old Quintana (approx. 1.8 miles away); Freeport National Bank (approx. 3.7 miles away); Stringfellow Ranch (approx. 8.4 miles away); Battle of Jones Creek (approx. 11.4 miles away).
More about this marker. People tend to park their RVs, trucks, and other large trailers along the side of the road near the toll booth, so the markers could easily be obscured.
Also see . . .
1. Velasco, TX. From the Texas State Historical Associationís “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on October 31, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
2. The History of Old Velasco - Surfside Beach. (Submitted on October 31, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
1. Confederate Troops
From the book CONFEDERATES ON THE CANEY, Self-published by Bobby McKinney, the following partial list of Confederate and Texas State units stationed at Fort Velasco is taken.
2nd Texas Infantry Regt.
3rd Texas Infantry Regt.
13th Texas Infantry Regt.
Infantry Brigade Texas State Troops
Waul's Texas Legion
1st Texas State Cavalry
23rd Texas Cavalry Regt.
35th (Likens) Texas Cavalry Regt.
Jones' Texas Artillery Battery
Gibson's Texas Artillery Battery
Wilke's Texas Artillery Battery
Confederate Engineer Troops
— Submitted August 16, 2008, by Texmexfla of Houston, Texas.
Categories. • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
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