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Brownsville in Cameron County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Battle of Palmito Ranch

Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge Palmito Battlefield

 
 
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By TeamOHE, May 8, 2020
1. The Battle of Palmito Ranch Marker
Inscription.  You are currently standing north of the core battlefield area. Before you lies the site of last land battle of the American Civil War—May 12-13, 1865. Tune to Channel 1610 AM to listen to a historical narrative of the battle and to learn more about ongoing preservation efforts of the cultural and natural resources located in the National Historic Landmark.

Imagine yourself arriving on this windy coastal river delta on a muggy morning in 1865. You've had about two hours sleep after an all-night journey. Your rifle is heavy. Your muddy uniform – maybe Union Blue, maybe Confederate Gray - scratches and sticks to your skin in the hot Texas sun.

Suddenly, rifle fire! Another fight begins!

In 36 hours from dawn to dusk on May 12-13, 1865, Union and Confederate soldiers skirmished across a dozen miles betwee here and Brazos Island. In the end, the Confederates won, chasing Union forces back to the Gulf.

Today, this quiet coastal river delta appears much as it did 150 years ago. Washed by Rio Grande floods and windstorms, this tough land absorbs and adapts, enabling native plants and animals to survive.

The

Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge Palmito Battlefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, May 8, 2020
2. Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge Palmito Battlefield Marker
noise and smoke of the long-ago battle left behind only traces: lead pistol balls, carbine bullets, French Minié ball. The brass button probably fell from the civilian coat of an ill-clad Confederate soldier.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 25° 57.568′ N, 97° 18.203′ W. Marker is in Brownsville, Texas, in Cameron County. Marker can be reached from Palmito Hill Road 0.1 miles south of Boca Chica Boulevard (State Highway 4), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brownsville TX 78521, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The High Price of Cotton (here, next to this marker); Divided Loyalties: Hispanics in the Civil War (here, next to this marker); Last Battle of the Civil War (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Palmito Ranch (approx. 0.2 miles away); Exploring The Boundaries (approx. 0.2 miles away); Palmito Ranch Battlefield: Last Clash of the Blue and the Gray (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Camp Belknap (approx. 4.6 miles away); Port of Brownsville (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brownsville.
 
Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge Palmito Battlefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, May 8, 2020
3. Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge Palmito Battlefield Marker
Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge Palmito Battlefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, May 8, 2020
4. Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge Palmito Battlefield Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 13, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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