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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Sabine Pass, Texas
Location of Sabine Pass, Texas
► Jefferson County (69) ► Chambers County (25) ► Hardin County (6) ► Liberty County (29) ► Orange County (59) ► Cameron Parish, Louisiana (2)
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|In October 1886, Sabine Pass was the second largest town in Jefferson County, boasting a new rail line and an optimistic outlook on continued growth as a major coastal port. On the afternoon of October 12, just two months after a hurricane had . . . — — Map (db m118670) HM|
|The Beach Road is the coastal section of the Texas Highway 87 system. Stretching along the Gulf of Mexico from Sabine Pass through Chambers County to Port Bolivar in Galveston County, it follows a historic route that proved vital to the early . . . — — Map (db m118676) HM|
|After Texas seceded from the Union at the onset of the Civil War, the state's ports were included in a Union blockade of the South. The proximity of Sabine Pass to Galveston made it a strategic point for both the Union and Confederacy. In January . . . — — Map (db m118789) HM|
|The first known settlers in this area were John McGaffey and Thomas Courts, who arrived in 1832. Sam Houston assisted Manuel de los Santos Coy in acquiring a land grant here in 1833. Two years later Houston and two partners purchased Coy's property . . . — — Map (db m118671) HM|
|Maine native Leonidas Smith (b. 1829) became a sailor as a youth and, by age 21 commanded the U.S. Mail Packet Pacific along the west coast. At the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, he was sailing out of Galveston, Texas. He served as . . . — — Map (db m118780) HM|
the feat of
and his forty two Irish patriots
Sabine Pass, Texas.
1861 C.S.A. 1865
"September the 8th 1863, an army of fifteen thousand Federals attacked the small fort at the Pass; the brave little garrison . . . — — Map (db m118815) HM WM|
|The Civil War battle at Sabine Pass on September 8, 1863 was a victory for Lieutenant Richard W. Dowling and his troops, which numbered fewer than 50. Dowling and his Davis Guards kept Union gunboats from advancing up the pass. The U.S.S. . . . — — Map (db m118791) HM|
|To protect Texas against Federal invasion during the Civil War, Confederate General John B. Magruder ordered the construction of a fort on September 4, 1863, four days before the famous Confederate victory won by Dick Dowling and his small company . . . — — Map (db m118775) HM|
|During the Civil War, the Sabine Pass Channel was a strategic gateway to the interior of eastern Texas and western Louisiana, control of which was vital. Fearing a possible Union invasion, the citizens of Sabine City (later Sabine Pass) formed a . . . — — Map (db m118674) HM|
| Melvin was a past President and the
Secretary/Treasurer of the Dick Dowling
Lions Club of Sabine Pass, Texas. He led the
club with tireless enthusiasm, dedication and
vision. As a retired Coast Guardsman, he
had a keen interest in the two . . . — — Map (db m163960) HM|
|Center Front Panel
In memory of Lt. Richard W. Dowling and his men. Texas remembers the faithfulness and valor of her sons and commends their heroic example to future generations.
The Men Who Fought with Lt. Dowling Were:
Left Front Panel . . . — — Map (db m118792) HM WM|
|This lantern and watchroom once made up the top 20 feet of the Sabine Bank lighthouse, which originally towered 72 feet above the water in the Gulf of Mexico.
The lighthouse was fabricated in Detroit, Michigan and shipped to Sabine by railway in . . . — — Map (db m118814) HM|
| In memory of those citizens of Sabine Pass who lost their lives in the service of their country.
Spc. Ryan Berg Died Jan. 9, 2007
Baquba, Iraq — — Map (db m163965) WM|
| In memory of those men from
Sabine Pass who lost their
lives in the service of
their country in World War II
Henry L. Cushion -
A. J. Comte -
Vollie Y. Fawvor -
Francis R. Fields -
Marcus A. Hanna -
Charlie L. Harris -
Wendell M. . . . — — Map (db m163963) WM|
| Renowned for brilliant Civil War victory, Sept. 8, 1863. Confederates in this fort repulsed a fleet seeking to land thousands of Federal soldiers.
Lt. Richard W. Dowling (1838-1867), in civilian life a Houston businessman, commanded fort during . . . — — Map (db m118779) HM|
|Commanded by Col. Ashley W. Spaight, the 11th Battalion of Texas Volunteers, Confederate States Army, was nicknamed the "Swamp Angels." Tracing its origins to the "Sabine Pass Guards" militia formed in 1861, the battalion served during the Civil War . . . — — Map (db m118675) HM|
|As tension mounted between the United States and Spain during the late 1890s, U. S. Representative Samuel Bronson Cooper of Texas recommended the War Department begin plans for the defense of the strategic Sabine Pass area. The Army Corps of . . . — — Map (db m118776) HM|
| Union Casualties at the Battle of Sabine Pass
September 8, 1863
United States Navy
Exec. Officer Robert Rhodes
Michael Driscoll, Landsman
75th Regt. New York Volunteers
Pvt. Henry Raymond, Co. A . . . — — Map (db m118812) HM WM|
|Federal forces in the Civil War failed in most of their early efforts to capture Texas. In the fall of 1863, after taking New Orleans and Vicksburg, their leaders attacked Western Louisiana in a renewed effort. They wished to divert valuable stocks . . . — — Map (db m118790) HM|
|The natural coastal cut of Sabine Pass has long been an important military strategic point, as evidenced by the battle that took place here during the Civil War. It was no less significant in World War II, when it became one of the primary points of . . . — — Map (db m118778) HM|