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[ Regional/Texas ]
The Confederacy's Thermopylae
By Edward T. Cotham, Jr.
Edward T. Cotham, Jr., recounts the momentous hours of September 8, 1863, during which a handful of Texans under the leadership of Houston saloonkeeper Richard W. Dowling, prevented a Union military force of more than 5,000 men, 22 transport vessels, and 4 gunboats from occupying Sabine Pass, the starting place for a large invasion that would soon have given the Union control of Texas.