Old Niblett's Bluﬀ, C.S.A.
On high point SE, across the Sabine in Louisiana. Busiest East Texas port of entry in the Civil War. Target for enemy movements west across Louisiana repeatedly in 1862-64. Confederate defense post. Supply depot to support constant troop movements, both for fighting and for patrols and recruiting. Crossroads for land and river traffic. Ferry point on old road through swamps. Cotton concentration point. A boom town with gambling, saloons, night life.
Patrolled on both sides of the Sabine by Texas troops, to protect troop movements, commercial shipping, stagecoach travel routes, freighters’ trains, and herds of cattle and hogs going east on the hoof.
Passed Texas troops through by thousands, to go eastward through marshlands and sloughs toward Brashear and New Orleans or upper Mississippi River crossings, to eastern battlefields. Many units went by rail from Houston to Beaumont, then to Sabine Pass and up the river by steamer.
Niblett’s Bluff welcomed steamers unloading guns, ammunition, clothing, medicines and other goods vital to the Confederacy— swapping these for Texas and Louisiana cotton, called “Money of the Confederacy” because of its purchasing value in world trade.
Erected 1964 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11500.)
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Harmon (here, next to this marker); Dr. William Hewson and Dr. David Caldwell Hewson (here, next to this marker); Site Of End Of The Line Station (here, next to this marker); Atakapan Indians of Orange County (here, next to this marker); The Sawmill Industry in Orange County (here, next to this marker); Hugh Ochiltree (here, next to this marker); George Alexander Pattillo (here, next to this marker); The Orange Leader (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orange.
More about this marker. Locate in the Ochiltree Inman Park.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 22, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 22, 2018.