Winner, Dan and Marilyn Laney Prize, Austin Civil conflict around desk, 2005
In an 1882 speech, former accomplice president Jefferson Davis made an exuberant declare: "That conflict at Sabine cross was once extra striking than the conflict at Thermopylae." certainly, Sabine move used to be the positioning of 1 of the main decisive Civil warfare battles fought in Texas. yet not like the Spartans, who succumbed to overwhelming Persian forces at Thermopylae greater than thousand years sooner than, the accomplice underdogs triumphed in a conflict that over the years has turn into steeped in hyperbole. offering a meticulously researched, scholarly account of this striking victory, Sabine Pass finally separates the legends from the evidence.
In arresting prose, Edward T. Cotham, Jr., recounts the momentous hours of September eight, 1863, in which a handful of Texans—almost all of Irish descent—under the management of Houston saloonkeeper Richard W. Dowling, avoided a Union army strength of greater than 5,000 males, 22 shipping vessels, and four gunboats from occupying Sabine go, the foundation for a wide invasion that may quickly have given the Union keep an eye on of Texas.
Sabine Pass sheds new mild on formerly ignored information, corresponding to the layout and development of the castle (Fort Griffin) that Dowling and his males defended, and contains the conflict document ready via Dowling himself. the result's a portrait of a mythic occasion that's much more provocative whilst stripped of embellishment.