The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lea U.S.N.-Camp Number 2 hosted a commemoration ceremony at Trinity Episcopal Cemetery in Galveston on Saturday to mark the Jan. 1, 1863 Battle of Galveston.

The battle, fought between Union and Confederate forces on sea and land, resulted in the Confederacy expelling occupying Union troops from Galveston.

Lt. Commander Edward Lea, a Union naval officer, was killed aboard his ship, the USS Harriet Lane, during the battle. After being mortally wounded, he was found by his father, Albert Lea, a major in the Confederate Army, who was present at the battle and boarded the ship to check on the welfare of his son. 

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Jack Reeves

I think that this is why we should leave all monuments alone and our schools start teaching the difference between "rememberance" of a person or event and "honoring" those people or events. Hopefully, it would aid in our avoiding those shortcomings in the future.

Mark Stevens

Brings back a fond memory and some reflection. When I was growing up in La Marque, I was doing some chore in the garden when I dug up a ... cannon ball. My dad disposed of it because he thought it might be explosive ordinance. Regrettably. Years later I read about the Battle of Galveston, and how Confederate troops were assembled at Virginia point, and their ships stationed elsewhere. In school, we were taught only that La Marque was know to confederate soldiers as "Buttermilk Station." No mention of the Galveston Battle. Years later I started putting things together...maybe. The railroad at the time appears to have stopped at or near La Marque. Galveston Bay was only a few miles to the East. My guess is that our house stood near the site of a supply dump and the cannon ball was just one that somebody lost or forgot in 1862-63. Looking back, it should have been a stark reminder of the Civil War, and its effects which last to our day....Mark W. Stevens

Bailey Jones

[thumbup] Great story. After the Civil War there was a large surplus stock of glass photographic plates - photos taken by journalists that never made it into the papers. People would buy them in bulk and use them to build greenhouses. I wonder if there was a similar trade in surplus confederate cannon balls - I suppose a clever Texan could think of some use for them around the farm.

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