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Comment: Copyright 1998, softcover, 241 pages. Some pages have underlining/writing marks.
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Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston (Texas Classics) Paperback – January 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Texas Classics
  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292712057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292712058
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,643,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Battle on the Bay is a delightful and entertaining book that will appeal to professional historians and general readers alike....Cotham is to be commended for writing an entertaining, superbly researched, and compellingly written book. (Andrew Duppstadt Civil War Book Review 2007-12-01)

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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! The Battle of Galveston and the Defense of the Texas Coast)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By mark wheeless on August 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am a civil war re-enactor who lives in the Houston/Galvestion area. I have found Edward T. Gotham's book "Battle ON The Bay" a very thoughtfull read. He not only gave the history of the battle of Galveston, but throughly developed the main charactures in this battle which occured New Years day; 1863. I could not put this book down. every page held my attention, and i wondered what the next page contained. Not only did it inform me about the history of the area where i live, but i felt as if i were there living it. i am proud to have this book in my library.
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"Gen. Magruder will attack the Yankees at Galveston by water and land tommorrow night...If the Yankees fight well it will be a desperate affair & our loss maybe terrible, but if we succeed entirely of which I think there are reasonable hopes it will be a brilliant affair. Galveston will certainly suffer great injury, and may be entirely destroyed. I don't care for this if the enemey can be capture. "

William Pitt Ballinger, December 30, 1862

I bought this book last August (2005) while on vacation to Galveston. A shop (on the Strand) in one of the buildings that survived. I walked the down town area and there are few marks that a battle was fought there. Some bullet holes and marks on walls can be found. There are Historical markers but I wish there was more. Like maybe the smoke in the air from cannons and Men rushing the docks with bayonet musktes :) Galveston does have awesome beaches and this is a very fun book. I could not put the book down once I started reading! Included are good maps and photo's of what happen.

What would you do as Gen. Magruder as you face a superior enemy fortified on Kuhn's Wharf (and with control of the city/island) with the USS Navy backing him up in the bay? The outcome of Texas is in your hands!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rodney Bode on November 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have found Edward T. Gorham's book "Battle ON The Bay" a very thoughtful read. He not only gave the history of the battle of Galveston, he also informed you on the accounts of all the events leading up to Siege of Galveston. But also thoroughly developed the Commanding Officers of both the Union and Confederacy, in this battle, which occurred New Years day, 1863. "BATTLE ON THE BAY" also informs the reader of the accounts from the Confederatec victory to the end of the war. This book had humor as well as excitement. I could not put this book down. Every page held my attention, and I wondered what the next page contained. This book did a good job on informing me about the history of the area where I live.
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By lnvaughn59 on June 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
My great-great grandfather and his son died of Typhoid fever as Confederate Soldiers on Galveston Island during the time frame of this historical record. This book gave great insight into the situation they faced and how they might have been infected with typhoid.
Having grown up on the Texas coast I never really new of the Civil War history that had transpired so near my home. Good read!!
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