Ceremony dedicates marker noting city's Civil War battle
July 16, 2011 at 4:03 p.m.
CORPUS CHRISTI — THE HISTORY
Battle of Corpus Christi: On Aug. 16, 1862, five Union warships entered Corpus Christi Bay to destroy the piers and wharves.
Why: Corpus Christi was a prominent port for goods such as cotton and Confederate war materials.
The defense: Led by Confederate Maj. Alfred M. Hobby, 700 Corpus Christi defenders with a group of cannons.
The result: Union forces landed to destroy the cannons, but Confederate infantry pushed them back. The Union finally withdrew from Corpus Christi Bay, and the piers and wharves remained intact.