The exploits of the Army of the Republic of Texas are legendary. From the Alamo to San Jacinto to campaigns against the Comanche and the Cherokee, the soldier of early Texas has become an iconic figure. But the story of the Texas Navy remains almost unknown. The sailors of Texas were vital to the survival of the Republic; they defended the Texas coastline from Mexican invasion, ensured Texas supply lines from New Orleans, and brought in much-needed revenue from prizes and captures.
Yet when it is remembered at all, the Texas Navy is remembered for the way it ended: in a blood feud amid charges of piracy, mutiny, and murder. Sometimes thrilling, sometimes farcical, the story of the Texas Navy provides a unique insight into the early Republic, its politics and personalities and its fight for survival.