Civil War Fortifications at Virginia Point

Civil War Fortifications at Virginia Point (HMO0E)

Location: Galveston, TX 30012 Galveston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 18.247', W 94° 54.117'

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Virginia Point, the site of an important railroad bridge which provided the only connection between the Texas mainland and Galveston Island in the mid-19th century, played an integral role in the Confederate defense of Galveston during the Civil War.

A convoy of Union ships began a blockade off Galveston Island on July 2, 1861. Confederate Brig. Gen. Paul O. Hebert, commander of the Military Department of Texas, established the Military District of Galveston in October that year. Under the command of Col. John C. Moore, the district included Galveston Island, Virginia Point, the adjacent coast, and Bolivar Peninsula.

Moore ordered fortifications built at Virginia Point at the head of the railroad bridge. When Federal troops captured Galveston Island, Gen. John B. Magruder, who had succeeded Hebert, ordered Confederate land forces to this strategic point. Moving over the railroad bridge to the island under cover of darkness on December 31, southern forces attacked the Federals just before dawn on New Year's Day 1863 and recaptured Galveston Island. At the end of the war in 1865, Galveston was the larger of only two southern ports remaining in Confederate hands. Incise on reverse: Researched by Ft. Virginia Point Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
HM NumberHMO0E
Series This marker is part of the United Daughters of the Confederacy series
Year Placed1991
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 10:24am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 315277 N 3243180
Decimal Degrees29.30411667, -94.90195000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 18.247', W 94° 54.117'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 18' 14.82" N, 94° 54' 7.02" W
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Area Code(s)678, 770
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 900-950 Gulf Fwy, Galveston TX 30012, US
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