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The Texas Marine Department (1861-1865) was formed by the State of Texas shortly after Texas came under blockade from the Union Navy in 1861. It operated under the control of the Confederate Army during the Civil War.[1]

"The Texas Marine Department, an organization unique in the Confederacy, combined the roles of a conventional navy, revenue service, and military logistics command."[2]

The Department was instrumental in the retaking of Galveston, occupied by the Union, and winning the Battle of Galveston on January 1, 1862.[3] It was disbanded at the end of the war.[4]

See also


  • Hall, Andrew W. (2012). "Chapter 5: The Texas Marine Department". The Galveston-Houston packet : steamboats on Buffalo Bayou. Charleston, SC: History Press. ISBN 9781609495916. OCLC 812531247. 
  • Marmion, Bob (1985). A Texas soldier & marine during the Civil War, 1861-65: A short biography of Captain James R. Marmion's service in the Confederate States Army and the Texas Marine Department. Melbourne, Australia: n.a.. OCLC 12741684. 
  • Bullard, Thomas R. (1988). Civil War Naval Squadrons. n.a.. OCLC 19608916. 


  1. Hall. The Galveston-Houston packet. pp. 65–66. 
  2. Hall. The Galveston-Houston packet. p. 67. 
  3. Hall. The Galveston-Houston packet. pp. 73–79. 
  4. Hall. The Galveston-Houston packet. p. 82. 

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