In 1862, Capt. James Ware, with his cavalry unit, served
under Hobby during the Battle of Corpus Christi, where the Confederate Army
defeated an attempted Union invasion.
There is a beautiful historical marker in the city of Corpus Christi
which commemorates this battle – mentioning both Major Hobby and Capt. James A.
After the war, A. M. Hobby became a merchant in Galveston and later moved to New
Mexico. He was a well known poet. He died in New Mexico in 1881, at the
young age of 45, from a wagon accident.
Photo taken by Judy C. Ware 2016
An artist named David Reed Gambel painted the “Defence of Corpus
Christi” right from the shoreline.
His painting was originally donated to the Confederate Museum in Richmond by
Mrs. Richard King many years ago. It
was in sad need of repair and restoration and is now hanging in the Corpus
Christi Museum of Science and History.
Gambel obviously was commissioned to paint two more copies – one for the
Blucher family (which is now in the von Blucher Collections at the Bell Library
at Texas A&M University in Corpus) and one for the James Ware Family – both
families residing in Corpus Christi at the time.
The rendition of the battle shown below belongs to James and Judy Ware of
Oklahoma – having been passed down through the family for generations.
Painting owned by James & Judy Ware
Painting which hangs in
Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
Taken from the painting owned by James and
At the bottom of both paintings, there is an artistic representation
of Capt. James A. Ware leading his cavalry men into battle. The wording reads “The Battery and
Artist – David Reed Gambel
Close-up of Capt. James Ware leading the cavalry charge at the Battle
of Corpus Christi – original artwork property of James & Judy Ware
A month after the Corpus Christi battle, Major W. E. Gray of the
Confederacy ordered both Captains Ireland and Ware to go to Flour Bluff. It was there that the Union officer
who had spearheaded the attack on the Corpus (Captain J. W. Kittredge) was
captured by Captain James A. Ware.
“On Sunday morning, September 14,
Kittredge saw two armed men near the houses occupied by Captain Ware and twenty
of his men. He fired several shells
to drive the Confederates off. When
no movement occurred, he landed with seven sailors to see if others were present
and walked directly into the carefully baited trap. Ware’s men seized the landing party
as it approached the house. Without
a shot being fired, Kittredge was in the hands of his enemy.”
The History of Nueces County by the Nueces County Historical Society, Jenkins Publishing,
The sword that Kittredge surrendered to
Capt. Ware is currently on display in the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and