One of over 200 historical markers on the island, this marker is at the final resting place of Lt. Commander Edward Lea. The marker was erected in 2005 by the Texas Historical Commission.
“Maryland-born Edward Lea Graduated From the U.S. Naval Academy in 1855. At the onset of the Civil War, his father, Albert, unsuccessfully tried to persuade him to join the Confederacy. Edward became First Officer on the U.S.S. Harriet Lane. On Jan. 1, 1863, it was involved in the Battle of Galveston against Confederates under Gen. John B. Magruder, whose staff included Albert Lea. After the battle, Albert found, but could not help, his mortally wounded son, whose final words were reportedly, “My father is here.””
“Recorded – 2005”