This Round’s on Me!

© 2012 Steve Hathcock

For all practical purposes, Padre Island was deserted at the onset of the Civil War. Union troops periodically landed on its beaches to secure fresh meat from the herds of cattle that roamed freely here. Occasionally, Southerners would smuggle cotton across Padre Island and load it onto ships standing off shore in the Gulf, but with Union warships patrolling just beyond the horizon, this was always a precarious occupation at best. Read On
On July 17, 1862, Company K, made up of Confederate volunteers from nearby Seguin, Texas was ordered to Aransas Pass to help in the defense of Corpus Christi. With a detachment of seven men, Captain John Ireland crossed Corpus Christi Bay in a small boat, the Queen of the Bay, to determine if Corpus Christi Pass dividing Padre and Mustang Island was deep enough for ships to enter the bay. Read On

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