Walking Tours of Civil War Galveston

December 30, 2008

On January 10, 2009, Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) will mark the 146th anniversary of the most important military event in Galveston’s history: the Battle of Galveston, which took place in the early morning hours of January 1, 1863. A living history encampment will be established on The Strand at 21st Street by the Nineteenth Century Living History Association, Inc. 1st Texas Infantry. The Celtaire String Band will provide music of the era. The public is invited free of charge to visit the encampment from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Civil War walking tours at 2 and 4 p.m. will be led by noted author and Civil War historian Edward T. Cotham, Jr., visiting the sites of the battle. Mr. Cotham’s books, including Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston, will be available for purchase and signing. Admission to the walking tours will be $10 for adults, with proceeds going to support GHF’s work in Galveston’s recovery from Hurricane Ike. Reservations are recommended, and may be made by calling Jami Durham at 409-765-7834.

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.