It shouldn't be a surprise that the Island City had inspired songwriters before that...indeed, an 1870s book - Allan's Lone Star Ballads: A Collection of Southern Patriotic Songs, Made During Confederate Times (1874) - contain several, most of them celebrating the Confederate victory in the Battle of Galveston on January 1, 1863.
"Bombardment and Battles of Galveston" (to the air of Auld Lang Syne)...a ballad that covers the period from June 1, 1862 to January 1, 1863!
"The Recapture of Galveston" (to the air of Happy Land of Canaan)
An added verse to "The Bonnie Blue Flag":
Our heroes drove the Yankees from the loveliest spot in the State
And here's to General Magruder, the Champion of Galveston,
Who with a couple of old cotton boats made the Yankees "skedaddle hum."
Hurrah, hurrah ! for Southern Rights, hurrah !
Hurrah for the Bonnie Fag that waves o'er Galveston.
"The Glorious January 1, 1863" (to the air of The Oaks of James Davies)
"The Battle of Galveston" (to the air of The Harp that Once Thro' Tara Halls)
The sad: "In Memoriam" - a solemn lament for Lt. Sidney Sherman, who was killed in action at the Battle of Galveston...
...and, the comical:
Died, in the Butcher's Pen, at Galveston, on Saturday night, March 5, 1864, an ancient Gentleman Cow, in the 129th year of his age. Disease. Poverty. His remains were issued to the troops, and buried by Col. Hobby's Regiment, in the Public Square, with military honors.
The earth rejoiced in gladness ;
But soon, ah, soon ! the balmy air
Was pierced with sounds of sadness.
Then came the mourning column ;
And hearts of all were deeply stirred
At sounds and sights so solemn.
A poor old cow's fore shoulders ;
(Who died, they said, for want of grass,)
It frightened all beholders.
And all agreed in saying
They ne'er had seen just such a sight
And some fell down to praying.
Breathed o'er this beefy Mummucks
But sadder, deeper, came the wail
From soldiers' empty stomachs.
The troops ; all thoughtful, slow and sad —
No money in their hungry purse,
No dinner to be had.
(The dead was not a sinner,)
But tears will flow o'er bread alone ; no MEAT
For supper, breakfast — dinner.
And thought of to-morrow's fast —
Thus rests the ancient gentleman cow,
(His fatless ribs) at last.
Andy Hall, of the always excellent "Dead Confederates" blog, wrote an article about the "burial" for the "Front Line Blog" of The Civil War Monitor (here).
Other songs celebrate Galveston's Civil War personalities such as Gen John B. Magruder, Col. Tom Green, Texas regiments, and Texas...generally. A link to the book at the Internet Archive is provided below.
(The manuscript for my forthcoming book on Galveston and the Civil War is due to the publisher in early July and will be published this autumn...keep your eyes on the blog for updates!)