The blockade running book got a strong review by Mark Lardas in the Galveston County Daily News this past weekend. The full text is paywalled, but it begins and ends,
If Texas was not the king’s crown, Texas’ cotton made it a prized jewel of the cotton kingdom. Cashing in the crop required getting it to England.
“Civil War Blockade Running on the Texas Coast,” by Andrew W. Hall, examines Texas’ efforts to export its cotton and import manufactured goods in the face of the North’s struggles to stop it.
Hall begins the story before the Civil War, continuing it to the present. He opens examining prewar Texas, and its cotton economy.
He closes it with late 20th century and 21st century archaeological dives on wrecks of sunken blockade runners. . . .
Well-researched, engagingly written, imaginatively illustrated and informative, “Civil War Blockade Running on the Texas Coast” will interest Civil War buffs.
Whether you are well-versed in this corner of history or seeking an introduction, this book has something to offer.
I have three book events coming up this week. On Thursday evening at 6:30, I’ll be doing a talk and book-signing at the Brazoria County Historical Museum 100 E. Cedar Street in Angleton.
On Saturday I’ll be signing books at the Galveston Bookshop, 317 23rd Street in Galveston, from 2 to 4 p.m.
On Sunday I’ll be signing books at Eighteen Seventy-One, 2217 Strand in Galveston, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Hope to see y’all there!