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146th Anniversary of the Battle of Sabine Pass

August 27, 2009

DICK DOWLING DAYS
2009
SEPTEMBER 12th & 13th
CIVIL WAR WEEKEND
Commemorating the 146th
Anniversary of the Battle of Sabine Pass
and Celebrating the Reopening of
Sabine Pass Battleground
State Historic Site
* FEATURING *
TWO BATTLE REENACTMENTS EACH DAY
Free Admission
On September 12-13, 2009, historians and reenactors from Texas and Louisiana will gather at Sabine Pass Battleground to bring to life incidents from the Civil War along the upper Texas Gulf Coast. This is one of the few battlefields in the country where visitors can hear the guns and smell the smoke from artillery pieces fired on the actual ground where a battle took place. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring the whole family and tour a Confederate army camp and hear the incredible stories of the soldiers and civilians of the era. Cross the battlefield and hear the stories of Union soldiers and sailors. See the armies in action during two battle reenactments each day. A food vendor and sutlers will be available for your convenience.
At 11:00am on Saturday, the Texas Historical Commission will formally reopen Sabine Pass Battleground, which has been closed for an extended period to repair damage from recent storms. Following this program, the Jefferson County Historical Commission will honor the men who fought and died on both sides in a ceremony sure to inspire all who attend. The Living History activities and battle reenactments are being coordinated by Dick Dowling Camp 1295 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. If you would like to participate as a reenactor or have a question about the program, please contact:
Mike McGreevy
9270 Shepherd Dr.
Beaumont, TX 77707
(409) 617-8459

Schedule of Events
Saturday
8:00am—Camps open to the public
8:30am—Regimental Safety Inspections at Camps
9am-Noon—Living History demonstrations (Unit Drills, Firing Demonstrations, Camp Duties, Vignettes, etc.)
10am—Federal Attack on Fort Griffin
11:00am—Texas Historical Commission Program Celebrating Reopening of the Sabine Pass Battleground
11:30am—Ceremony Commemorating the 146th Anniversary of the Battle of Sabine Pass Presented by the Jefferson County Historical Commission (Ed Cotham will speak at this event)
1:00-5:00pm—Living History throughout the afternoon (Unit Drills, Camp Duties, Vignettes, etc.)
2:00pm—Trial & Execution of 2nd Lt. Elijah P. Allen for Desertion
3:00pm—Reenactment “Kate Dorman and the Federal Occupation of Sabine Pass”
5:00pm—Camps Closed to the Public
5:30pm—BBQ dinner and award ceremony for participants and staff. Awards will be presented by the Friends of Sabine Pass Battleground.

Sunday
8:00am—Camps open to the public
9:00-9:30am—Camp Prayer Meeting
9:30am-Noon—Living History demonstrations (Unit Drills, Firing Demonstrations, Camp Duties, Vignettes, etc.)
10:00am-Tactical battle
1:00pm—Trial & Execution of 2nd Lt. Elijah P. Allen for Desertion
2:00pm—Reenactment “Kate Dorman and the Federal Occupation of Sabine Pass”
3:00pm—Closing Ceremonies after Battle

Reviews and Awards

Chapter on Union Naval Strategy in Texas
History
"Devotees of American Civil War literature should find their horizons broadened and their understanding of the war enhanced by this book." —Donald S. Frazier, author of Cottonclads
“Ed Cotham has provided for posterity a fine rendering of one of the more amazing battles in American History. Not only was the Battle of Sabine Pass a heroic scale Texan victory, but Cotham tells that larger-than-life story with historical context and clarity that makes the story of Dick Dowling and his stalwarts that much more amazing.” Dr. Don Frazier, Chairman of the History Department at McMurry University and Executive Director of the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation
Released January 2006 by University of Texas Press Reviewers have said this about the book: "Journals of nineteenth-century U.S. Marines are rare, and Henry Gusley's is a truly outstanding account of the shipboard experiences and observation of an enlisted marine...Edward Cotham's scholarship in the introduction and in annotating the journal is outstanding, and he has drawn on the appropriate sources. This is one of the best jobs of editing in the field." Joseph G. Dawson III, Professor of History at Texas A&M University "I found Gusley's notebook fascinating, informative, and ultimately moving...Civil War historians will find the information about the inner workings and day-to-day life aboard U.S. naval vessels patrolling the Gulf of Mexico and the major river systems of the Trans-Mississippi interior highly informative...This book should also find a popular audience. Bright, literate, constantly upbeat, and good-humored despite the many difficult circumstances he found himself in, Gusley is good company for his readers." Patrick Kelly, Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at San Antonio.