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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Relive the Battle of Sabine Pass

Visitors to Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site can now visually experience the military action of September 1863, when members of the Davis Guard—led by Lt. Richard “Dick” Dowling—held off a Union attack at Sabine Pass, a key port for Confederate shipments of supplies.  A new battle-scene viewer, just one of many recent improvements at the site, gives visitors a look at how events emerged as Dowling and his 46 men defeated the Union ships’ invasion.

New outdoor educational exhibits were also recently completed at the site, including text panels with maps detailing the important Civil War battle and the site’s continued role in coastal defense through the mid-20th century. New signs throughout the 58-acre site provide information on the important role Sabine Pass played in Texas history.

A highlight of the new outdoor exhibits is a scale model of the Civil War-era fort and battle, showing the positions of Confederate defenders and the Federal gunboats that unsuccessfully tried to sail up the pass. A viewing scope assists in sighting the historic Sabine Pass lighthouse that stands on the Louisiana shore. The new exhibits replace an installation destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008.

Other improvements to the site include the installation of new flag poles, a gate at the site entrance, and directional signs.

Come explore these new features at Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site, located 1.5 miles south of the town of Sabine Pass on Dick Dowling Rd. and 15 miles south of Port Arthur. The site is part of the Texas Forest Trail Region.

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