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150th Anniversary of the Battle of Galveston (January 11-13, 2013)

December 17, 2012

On the weekend of January 11-13, 2013, there will be a number of great events (detailed schedule below) commemorating the Battle of Galveston. These include lectures, tours, museum exhibits, dinners, ceremonies and reenactments. Ed Cotham and Andy Hall will be leading a number of walking tours. For more information, or to make reservations for any of the ticketed events please see the Galveston Historical Foundation's website at galvestonhistory.org

150th Battle of Galveston Commemoration
2013 Calendar of Events

Living History-
(Free to the public.)

Encampments
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday/ 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Union Camp Postoffice and 19th Street
Confederate Camp Market and 25th Street

Union March from ELISSA to 1861 Custom House for Flag Ceremony
10 a.m. Saturday Historic Seaport to Postoffice and 20th Street
10 a.m. Sunday Historic Seaport to Postoffice and 20th Street

Execution of Nicaragua Smith
1 p.m. Saturday Historic Strand Mechanic District
12 p.m. Sunday Historic Strand Mechanic District

Battle of Galveston Reenactment
2 p.m. Saturday Historic Strand Street and 21st
1 p.m. Sunday Historic Strand Street and 21st

Reenactment of the Funeral of Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lea and Cmdr. Jonathan Wainwright from the USS Harriet Lane
10:00 am Saturday Trinity Episcopal Cemetery,
40th and Broadway

Exhibits-

Texas Seaport Museum
Pier 21 and Harborside
January 11-13, 2013
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission $8 per adult, $5 per student (6-18). Children 5 and under admitted free.

Experience the story of the USS Hatteras, the only United States warship sunk in combat in the Gulf of Mexico during the Civil War, as Galveston Historical Foundation hosts a variety of engaging displays and hands-on activities, courtesy of the NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Texas Historical Commission, Ocean Gate Foundation and Texas A&M University – Galveston and other partners. Discover how modern day nautical archaeologists learn the story each shipwreck has to tell as you try your hand at some of the techniques they use to locate, map and document underwater archaeological sites. See the latest technology used to create a mosaic of the wreck site and meet the organizations who are working to document the story of Hatteras as they strive to protect this naval war grave as part of our national heritage.

150 Years of Quilts Inspired by the Civil War
Featuring quilts based on Jane A. Stickle's 1863 Quilt "In War Time"
January 11 - April 5, 2013
Special Viewing Times during Battle of Galveston Weekend
(Free to the public.)

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Galveston, Galveston Historical Foundation is proudly displaying quilts based on the 1863 Jane Stickle quilt as popularized by Brenda Papadakis, quilt blogger and author of Dear Jane. Quilts made primarily from Civil War reproduction fabrics, patterns, or otherwise influenced by the Civil War will also be on view.


Galveston: Treasure Island of the Gulf
Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm.
Rosenberg Library
(Free to the public.)

Historic Civil War artifacts related to the Battle of Galveston are included in Rosenberg Library’s exhibit Galveston: Treasure Island of the Gulf. Located in Lykes Gallery, objects on view include cannon balls and shell fragments, weapons, and personal effects of soldiers engaged in the conflict. Of special note is an enlarged illustration created by James E. Bourke, an observer of the Battle of Galveston who captured the event as it unfolded before him. Information on each vessel involved in the event is included.








Lectures-
(Free to the public. Limited seating. Reservations required.)

Friday, January 11
Subject: 150th Anniversary of the Sinking of the USS Hatteras by CSS Alabama.
Guest Speakers: Dr. Norman Delaney, Civil War historian and author
Dr. James Delgado, Director Maritime Heritage, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Introduction By: Andrew Hall, Marine Archeological Steward with the Texas Historical Commission
Location: American National Insurance Company Tower (ANICO)
One Moody Plaza (Market St., between 19th and 20th Streets)
Time 6 p.m.


Saturday, January 12
Subject: The Monstrous Regiment of Women- Female Soldiers in the Civil War
Guest Speaker: Dr. William Davis, Professor of History/Virginia Tech and Director of Programs/ Virginia Center for Civil War Studies
Introduction by: Edward Cotham, prize-winning author of many books and articles on Civil War history, emphasizing the battles and skirmishes in Texas
Location: American National Insurance Company Tower (ANICO)
One Moody Plaza (Market St., between 19th and 20th Streets)
Time: 10:30 a.m.


Sunday, January 13
Subject: Warrior Women, Lady Spies in the Civil War
Guest Speaker: Rosalind Miles, co author, Warrior Women 3000 years of Courage and Heroism
Introduction by: Pat Smothers, Smothers Foundation
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location 1861 Custom House
502 20th Street




Sunday, January 13

Subject: The British Opinion of the American Civil War
Guest Speaker: Robin Cross, co author, Warrior Women 3000 years of Courage and Heroism
Introduction by: Pat Smothers, Smothers Foundation
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location 1861 Custom House
502 20th Street


Special Evening Event-
(Advanced reservations required. Tickets will not be sold at the door.)

Saturday, January 12
Dinner Lecture featuring Dr. William Davis

Subject: The Culinary History of The Blue and The Gray
Location: 1880 Garten Verein Pavilion
Kempner Park, 2704 Avenue O
Introduction by: Dwayne Jones, Executive Director,
Galveston Historical Foundation
Time & Admission: 7 pm, $50 per person/ Reserved table for 10, $750

Author of more than fifty books on Civil War and Texas history, special guest Dr. William Davis will provide a brief lecture, featuring highlights from his most recent publication, A Taste for War; The Culinary History of The Blue and The Gray. A banquet featuring regional classic dishes will be presented before the lecture. A book signing will end the evening. Books will be available for purchase.


Guided Tours-
(Admission fees required. Reservations recommended.)

Battle of Galveston Bird’s Eye Tours from 20th Floor of ANICO Tower.

Saturday, January 12: 9:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 13: 10:30 a.m.
Fee: $25 per person/ GHF members $20

Civil War Cemetery Tours

Saturday, January 12: 10:00 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.
Fee: $15 per person/ GHF members $12


Driving Tour- Discovering Galveston’s Antebellum Architecture
Tours begin at the 1838 Michel Menard House, 1605 33rd Street

Saturday, January 12: 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 13: 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $20 per person


Battle of Galveston Walking Tours
Tours begin at the Peanut Butter Warehouse, 20th Street between Harborside and Strand,
And end at the Texas Seaport Museum on Galveston’s historic harbor.

Saturday, January 12: 3:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 11: 2:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 per person / GHF members $12


Battle of Galveston Historic Harbor Tours
Tours begin at the Texas Seaport Museum on Galveston’s historic harbor.

Friday, January 11: 2:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 12: 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 13: 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Fee: Adults: $12/ Students ages 4- 17: $10/ Under 3 free



Tours of the Historic 1861 Custom House, with author Edward Cotham
502 20th Street

Saturday, January 12: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 13: 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $10 per person/ GHF Members $8




Tours of the 1838 Michel Menard House, Galveston’s Oldest Existing Residence
(Used as a hospital during the Civil War)
1605 33rd Street

Saturday, January 12: 12 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 13: 12 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $10 per person/ GHF members $8


Tours of the 1859 Ashton Villa, the only remaining Antebellum mansion on Broadway
2328 Broadway

Saturday, January 12: 10 a.m.
Sunday, January 13: 11 a.m.
Fee: $10 per person/ GHF members $8

Reviews and Awards

Chapter on Union Naval Strategy in Texas
History
"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.