The Battle of Galveston, which took place in the early morning hours of January 1, 1863, is widely regarded as Galveston’s most significant military event. The battle lasted several months, took place on both land and water, and culminated with Confederate forces forcing away Union ships that had occupied Galveston Harbor since October 1862.
Walking Tour of Battle of Galveston – With Noted Historian Ed Cotham
Join noted historian, Ed Cotham, for a walking tour of downtown Galveston as he shares the history of this battle and offers access to view the setting of the battle from locations including the 1859 Hendley Building!
Generally the story isn’t a well-known one and guests will get access into the 1859 Hendley Building which isn’t typically open for tours.
“The Battle of Galveston really comes to life with the insight of Ed Cotham. This often overlooked occurrence changed the direction of the port of Galveston. The story of the people and place become real through this walking tour.” – Dwayne Jones, GHF Executive Director.
The tour will meet at Galveston Historical Foundation headquarters, at 2002 Strand, and will visit the Peanut Butter Warehouse, and more.
Walking Tour of Battle of Galveston – Schedule, Tickets
When: Tours will be held on Saturday, January 8 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday, January 9 at noon.
Where: Start at Galveston Historical Foundation headquarters located at 2002 Strand St, Galveston, TX 77550
How Much: Tickets are $30 per person or $45 per person with Ed Cotham’s new book. Reservations are required. You can RSVP here.
For more information check out Battle of Galveston Walking Tour page.
About Noted Historian Ed Cotham
Ed is a former President of the Houston Civil War Round Table and is active in the Civil War preservation movement. In 2011, Ed received the President’s Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service from the Galveston Historical Foundation. He is a Life Member of the Civil War Preservation Trust. He is also a member of the Company of Military Historians, the Society of Civil War Historians, the Southern Historical Association, and the Author’s Guild. He serves as a Texas Marine Steward for the Texas Historical Commission. His published works include Battle on the Bay: the Civil War Struggle for Galveston, which was published in 1998 by the University of Texas Press. His second book, Sabine Pass: the Confederacy’s Thermopylae, was published in August 2004.
About Galveston Historical Foundation
Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.
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