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University of Houston. Cotham, Edward T. - Cotham audio, 1 of 1. April 21, 2014. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. June 23, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/houhistory/item/1618/show/1616.

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Title Cotham, Edward T.
Creator (LCNAF)
  • University of Houston
Creator (Local)
  • Houston History Project
Contributor (Local)
  • Yznaga, Amado “Izzy”, interviewer
  • University of Houston, project
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • Houston, Texas
Date April 21, 2014
Description This is an oral history interview with Edward T. Cotham conducted as part of the Houston History Project. Civil War historian Edward Cotham discusses the personal and military history of Confederate hero, Dick Dowling. A Houston businessman and entrepreneur, Dowling owned several saloons in Houston , most notably the Bank of Bacchus, speculated in oil and gas leases in Harris and Jefferson Counties before the discovery of oil at Spindletop, and was recognized for his charitable efforts in the community. He is most well-known, however, for leading a group of Irish soldiers from Houston to victory at the Battle of Sabine Pass. Cotham explains the particulars of the battle, beginning with how the men practiced their artillery marksmanship, and moving on to the layout of battle area, Dowling’s strategy to let the men vote whether or not to engage the Union forces that out-numbered them a hundred to one, and the Confederates’ overwhelming victory. Cotham believes that the victory changed the way local people, at least thought about the Irish who previously had been considered inferior but had clearly saved Houston from certain Union invasion. Dowling returned to Houston a decorated war hero and reopened his bar but died just two years later at the age of thirty. He contracted yellow fever while staying in town to care for others who had contracted the disease. Confederate president Jefferson Davis spoke often of Dowling’s effort as the greatest military victory in history.
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Houston (Tex.)
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Subject.Topical (Local)
  • Civil War
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Cotham, Edward T. (Edward Terrel), 1953-
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Houston, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • interviews
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Sound
  • Text
Original Collection Oral Histories - Houston History Project
Digital Collection Oral Histories from the Houston History Project
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/houhistory
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
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File Name index.cpd
Item Description
Title Cotham audio, 1 of 1
Format (IMT)
  • audio/mp3
Original Item Location ID 2006-005, CD/DVD Box 7, HHA 00799
File Name hhaoh_201503_011_001.mp3
Access File Run Time 00:42:05