Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

Talkin’ Blockade Runners, and the Texas Navy, Too

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on July 22, 2016


On Saturday, August 13, I’ll be one of the speakers at the 5th Annual Civil War Symposium in Jefferson, Texas. I’ve never been to the symposium before, but they’ve had some wonderful speakers in the past, and Jefferson itself is a great town, full of historic structures and a tremendous amount of history. It’s a steamboat town, which is like a railroad town, but better. (I kid, I kid!) My presentation is titled, “Captain Dave and the Yankees: A Tale of the Texas Blockade.” Other speakers include Mark K. Christ, “The Camden Arkansas Expedition of 1864;” Vicki Betts, “Pray for this War to End: The Civil War Letters of William Smith Herndon, 13th Texas Infantry, and Mary Louise Herndon, Tyler, Texas;” and Charles D. Grear: A Trying Time for All: Texas Indians During the Civil War.” Grear is a prolific author and (as we learned at the Houston CWRT) an effective speaker. I’ve never met Vicki Betts, but have corresponded with her, and she’s done yeoman’s work transcribing and cross-referencing many hundreds, probably thousands, of period newspapers and documents. This event should be great fun.

Then on Saturday, September 17, I’ll be giving a short address for Texian Navy Days at the Battleship Texas, at the San Jacinto Battleground in La Porte. The event there starts at 10 a.m., and should be done around 11:15 — plenty of time to explore the last surviving World War One dreadnought in the world.



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  1. Reed (the original, accept no substitutes) said, on July 24, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Sounds like fun, Andy. Greetings from the Dairy State, and best wishes both events.

  2. Boyd Harris said, on August 10, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I’m the Lead Interpreter for the San Jacinto Battleground. Looking forward to meeting you on August 17. I really enjoy following your blog.

    • Andy Hall said, on August 10, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Fantastic, I didn’t know you were so close by. We should get together sometime.

      My talk at the battleship is September 17.I’m still rolling around ideas in my head for that one.

      • Boyd Harris said, on August 10, 2016 at 4:23 pm

        My bad on that. Yeah, September 17. Definitely should meet up. I’m in Galveston at least once a month.

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