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U.S. Navy warships demand the surrender of Galveston, Texas

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
05/17/1862
The U.S. Navy commander in the area, Captain Henry Eagle, informed the Confederates forces in Galveston that overwhelming naval forces would soon appear off the city and demanded its surrender to prevent "effusion of blood and destruction of property."  The Confederate commander replied that he would take the matter up once the promised fleet actually arrived.  Union forces did not force Galveston's surrender till October 1862 and then only briefly.  The port remained in Confederate hands for the rest of the war.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1863), V: 12.

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