We're coming up on the anniversary of the Battle of Galveston. Each January 1 Americans all over the nation celebrate the day by watching football and gorging themselves on leftover party snacks, in memory of the Union and Confederate soldiers who lost their lives.
It wasn't exactly Gettysburg out there on January 1, 1863, but it was big enough, in terms of Texas' somewhat meager contributions to the lists of Civil War battles.
Johnny Reb decided to break up a blockade of the huge port; Billy Yank blew one of his own ships up and skedaddled. Galveston remained in Confederate hands.
There will be a new and comprehensive tour of the battle sites the weekend of January 8.
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Here's what's planned:
Galveston Historical Foundation's series of commemorative tours will offer full details and descriptions of many aspects of the battle by several experts in the field.
Civil War Historian Edward T. Cotham will lead the one-hour walking and harbor tours. His book "Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston," will be available for sale and signing.
Edward T. Cotham also research and wrote the new battle of Galveston harbor tour, which makes its debut during the anniversary weekend.
Cemetery historian Linda McBee will give the one-hour Civil War tour of the Broadway Cemetery, which will include visits to the grave of Confederate General John Bankhead Magruder, the monument to those who perished during the Battle of Galveston, and the graves of other notable Civil War figures.
GHF Director of Preservation and Conservation Services, Brian M. Davis, will lead the one-hour driving tour that focuses on Galveston's unique collection of antebellum architecture. Locations along the waterfront used as forts during the Civil War will also be highlighted.
Check the link for more details.