MATAGORDA COUNTY

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Seated l to r: Archie Currie, [J. A.?] Jones, Judge Carpenter
Standing l to r: Dr. Bat Smith, unknown, unknown, unknown, Judge W. S. Holman, J. W. Gaines, Carroll Gaines (son of J. W.)

Matagorda County Tribune - Courtesy of the Matagorda County Museum
 


Courthouse Square           28°58'56.99"N        95°58'10.12"W



 


MATAGORDA
, C. S. A.

     NEAR THE MOUTH OF THE COLORADO RIVER, 20 MILES TO THE SOUTH IS THE TOWN OF MATAGORDA, THE SECOND MOST IMPORTANT PORT OF ENTRY IN EARLY TEXAS.

     IN THE CIVIL WAR, CENTER FOR RICH FARMLANDS AND ONE OF 8 TEXAS PORTS THAT BLOCKADE RUNNERS USED FOR TAKING OUT TONS OF COTTON WHILE DELIVERING TO THE CONFEDERACY GUNS, MUNITIONS, CLOTHING AND OTHER VITAL GOODS. BY REASON OF THE DECLARED BLOCKADE, THE FEDERALS CLAIMED TO HOLD MATAGORDA, YET THEIR OWN SHIPS HAD TO REFUEL (EVEN SUPPLIES OF DRINKING WATER) IN NEW ORLEANS. WHEN A BLOCKADER’S CREW WENT ASHORE NEAR MATAGORDA, ON NOV. 1862, CONFEDERATES CAPTURED EVERY MAN. BY HIT-AND RUN TACTICS FEDERALS DESTROYED SALT WORKS AND OTHER PROPERTY, BUT FOUND MATAGORDA PENINSULA IMPOSSIBLE TO OCCUPY.

     ON DEC. 30, 1863, C. S. A. COTTON CLADS (SHIPS BULWARKED WITH COTTON BALES IN WHICH GUNS WERE SET) MOVED MEN OUT OF MATAGORDA TO EXPEL A FEDERAL UNIT FROM A BEACH BELOW CONFEDERATE WORKS AT CANEY CREEK WHEN TROOPS WERE TRYING TO LAND. A SUDDEN NORTHER LASHED THE BAY AND SWAMPED THEIR SKIFFS. BEFORE THE SHIPS COULD PICK THEM UP, 22 MEN DIED BY DROWNING OR FREEZING. IN THE TRAGEDY, THE TROOP COMMANDER, CAPT. E. S. RUGELEY LOST HIS OWN 17-YEAR-OLD BROTHER.

(1964)
 

Inscription typed by Faye Cunningham
 


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Matagorda Incident

Obituary of E. S. Rugeley

Obituary of William Selkirk

E. S. Rugeley United Confederate Veterans Camp No. 1428

United Daughters of the Confederacy - E. S. Rugeley Chapter 542
 

 


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Created
Feb. 7, 2005
Updated
Sep. 3, 2014
   

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