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Sabine Pass The Confederacy's Thermopylae

ISBN-10: 0292705948

ISBN-13: 9780292705944

Edition: 2004

Authors: Edward T. Cotham

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In an 1882 speech, former Confederate president Jefferson Davis made an exuberant claim: "That battle at Sabine Pass was more remarkable than the battle at Thermopylae." Indeed, Sabine Pass was the site of one of the most decisive Civil War battles fought in Texas. But unlike the Spartans, who succumbed to overwhelming Persian forces at Thermopylae more than two thousand years before, the Confederate underdogs triumphed in a battle that over time has become steeped in hyperbole. Providing a meticulously researched, scholarly account of this remarkable victory, Sabine Pass at last separates the legends from the evidence. In arresting prose, Edward T. Cotham, Jr., recounts the momentous hours of September 8, 1863, during which a handful of Texansalmost all of Irish descentunder the leadership of Houston saloonkeeper Richard W. Dowling, prevented a Union military force of more than 5,000 men, 22 transport vessels, and 4 gunboats from occupying Sabine Pass, the starting place for a large invasion that would soon have given the Union control of Texas. Sabine Pass sheds new light on previously overlooked details, such as the design and construction of the fort (Fort Griffin) that Dowling and his men defended, and includes the battle report prepared by Dowling himself. The result is a portrait of a mythic event that is even more provocative when stripped of embellishment.
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 10/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880

Edward T. Cotham, Jr., is an independent scholar based in Houston, Texas. He is a member and past president of the Houston Civil War Roundtable, and also leads tours of Civil War battlegrounds in Texas and lectures to historical and civic groups.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Setting the Scene
The Admiral and the Forts
Attacking Texas
From Bar to Battle
Cottonclads with Cannon
Planning a Victory
Texas Is the Target
Sabine Pass as a Stepping-Stone
The Navy Makes Its Plans
The Expedition Departs
Revising the Plan
"Hold the Fort at All Hazards"
Attack of the Gunboats
Praise and Blame
The War Ends for Fort Griffin
Conclusion
Report of Lieut. R. W. Dowling, Company "F," Cook's (Texas) Artillery, Concerning the Battle of Sabine Pass
Annotated List of Sabine Pass Battle Participants
Union Casualties at the Battle of Sabine Pass
Notes
Bibliography
Index