Ed Cotham to Lead Tour of Civil War Galveston sponsored by the Houston Civil War Round Table

January 11, 2007

Ed Cotham will be leading another field trip on February 24, 2007, to view the Civil War sites of Galveston. We will be meeting at 9:30am on the third floor of the Rosenberg Library (2310 Sealy), where we will tour their museum and the curator will show us some of the Library's extensive collection of Civil War documents, maps, and artifacts. We will then proceed to the Strand area and have lunch at a restaurant (each participant pays for his/her own lunch) near the waterfront where Ed will talk about the naval action at the Battle of Galveston (January 1, 1863). We will then take a walking tour of the area near the Strand where Ed will discuss the land battle and point out some of the remaining buildings/monuments with Civil War connections. We will end up the day at the Cemetery complex off Broadway where we will see the grave markers of several generals, and the Union and Confederate monuments, and will wind up the day with a discussion of the dramatic funeral that took place the day after the battle. The tour is expected to conclude about 4:00. The tour is limited to 30 participants and signup is on a first come/first serve basis. The cost of the tour is $10 for members and $15 for non-members with all proceeds to go to the HCWRT's Preservation Fund. To register and pay please contact Joyce Kennerly via phone (291-341-2611 or 713-385-5592) or email ( Ed will be at the January meeting of the Houston Civil War Round Table to pass out some maps and information on the tour.

Reviews and Awards

Chapter on Union Naval Strategy in Texas
"Devotees of American Civil War literature should find their horizons broadened and their understanding of the war enhanced by this book." —Donald S. Frazier, author of Cottonclads
“Ed Cotham has provided for posterity a fine rendering of one of the more amazing battles in American History. Not only was the Battle of Sabine Pass a heroic scale Texan victory, but Cotham tells that larger-than-life story with historical context and clarity that makes the story of Dick Dowling and his stalwarts that much more amazing.” Dr. Don Frazier, Chairman of the History Department at McMurry University and Executive Director of the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation
Released January 2006 by University of Texas Press Reviewers have said this about the book: "Journals of nineteenth-century U.S. Marines are rare, and Henry Gusley's is a truly outstanding account of the shipboard experiences and observation of an enlisted marine...Edward Cotham's scholarship in the introduction and in annotating the journal is outstanding, and he has drawn on the appropriate sources. This is one of the best jobs of editing in the field." Joseph G. Dawson III, Professor of History at Texas A&M University "I found Gusley's notebook fascinating, informative, and ultimately moving...Civil War historians will find the information about the inner workings and day-to-day life aboard U.S. naval vessels patrolling the Gulf of Mexico and the major river systems of the Trans-Mississippi interior highly informative...This book should also find a popular audience. Bright, literate, constantly upbeat, and good-humored despite the many difficult circumstances he found himself in, Gusley is good company for his readers." Patrick Kelly, Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at San Antonio.