Bay City in Matagorda County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
In the Civil War, center for rich farmlands and one of 8 Texas ports that blockade runners used for taking out tons of cotton while delivering to the Confederacy guns, munitions, clothing and other vital goods. By reason of the declared blockade, the Federals claims to hold Matagorda, yet their own ships had to refuel (even to supplies of drinking water) in New Orleans. When a blockader's crew went ashore near Matagorda, on November 20, 1862, Confederates captured every man. By hit-and-run tactics, Federals destroyed salt works and other property, but found Matagorda Peninsula impossible to occupy.
On December 30, 1863, C.S.A. cottonclads (ships bulwarked with cotton bales in which guns were set) moved men out of Matagorda to expel a Federal unit from a beach below Confederate works at Caney Creek. When troops were trying to land, a sudden norther lashed the bay and swamped their skiffs. Before the ships could pick them up, 22 men died by drowning or freezing. In the tragedy, the troop commander, Capt. E.S. Rugeley lost his own 17-year-old brother.
Erected 1964 by Texas Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3254.)
Location. 28° 58.979′ N, 95° 58.202′ W. Marker is in Bay City, Texas, in Matagorda County. Marker is at the intersection of 7th Street (State Highway 35) and Avenue F (State Highway 60), on the right when traveling west on 7th Street. Touch for map. Located on the South side of the grounds of the Matagorda County Courthouse in Bay City, Texas, near Matagorda CSA Monument. Marker is in this post office area: Bay City TX 77404, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bay City Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Elliott's Ferry (approx. 1½ miles away).
Categories. • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
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