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"The book is beautifully written, profusely illustrated and meticulously researched -- and sure to instruct and entertain any reader of Civil War history." (Civil War News)

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Edward T. Cotham, Jr., is an independent scholar based in Houston, Texas. He has served as president of the Houston Civil War Roundtable and is the author of Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston.
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  • Series: Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292705948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292705944
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Sabine Pass was a narrow, 6-mile-long defile that channeled the Sabine River, which was the boundary between Texas and Louisiana, into the Gulf of Mexico. Guarding the Sabine River was Fort Griffin, a mud citadel which Union Army Intelligence believed had a force of 200 Confederate troops, including a field artillery battery, two 32-pounders (heavy artillery) and two boats that had been converted into rams. Actually, Fort Griffin was manned by only 46 Irish Texans, officially known as the 1st Texas Heavy Artillery, under the command of 25-year-old Lieut. Richard W. Dowling. It's artillery consisted only of six fieldpieces (the two 32-pounders had been removed weeks earlier). The two rams were ordered scuttled by Dowling near the entrance to Lake Sabine. This meant that any Union ships which did make it past Fort Griffin would run into the trap of the sunken boats, especially since the Sabine was running dangerously low.

The Union plan to take Sabine Pass was developed by Maj. Gens. Nathaniel Banks, Henry Halleck, and William Franklin, as well as Admiral David Farragut. The Union assault force would consist of 5,000 troops in 22 transport vessels protected by four gunboats (with another two gunboats in support). On September 8, 1863, the battle began, and after just 45 minutes, it was all over. One gunboat, "Clifton", was so badly hit by the fort's artillery that it was disabled and abandoned, while another, "Sachem", was forced into shallow water and surrendered to the fort. One humiliated captured Union officer said to Lieut.
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Very well done with Maps, which I happen to love! Author takes no sides, just clearly a well researched report on the amazing and not really so amazing Confederate victory at Sabine Pass. Nevertheless, the bravery of the rag tag Rebel crew manning their fort at Sabine Pass had no idea how things were going to turn out in their favor. For that, it was one hell of a fearless victory. Very well written. Highly recommended! Enjoyed it Mr. Cotham!
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Calling this battle the Texas Thermopylae is not an understatement since the comparisons are very similar. These men were the bravest of brave and deserved land grants as reward in Texas. This should be a required read in schools to teach them to be proud of their heritage. Instead they are brainwashed with concepts the ideas that attempt to make them ashamed of their history and even their race. Texans should be especially proud that the Yankee race was kept at bay for the entire Civil war and Texas was not occupied even at the very end. The battle of Palmetto Ranch fought weeks after the surrender in the East was another proud event where invaders were repelled.
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