Upcoming Battle of Sabine pass Events and Ed Cotham Presentation
January 1, 1970Make plans now to attend the Dick Dowling Days Civil War Weekend! A series of exciting and educational events will take place on September 11 & 12, 2010, to commemorate the 147th anniversary of the Battle of Sabine Pass at the Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site. The events will include programs presented by the Texas Historical Commission, Friends of Sabine Pass Battleground, and the Jefferson County Historical Commission. The Living History and Reenactment events are being coordinated by Dick Dowling Camp 1295 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Visitors to the Sabine Pass Battleground will see history come to life, explore the army camps and battlefield, and see some of the incredible stories of the era. In addition to military figures, the reenactment this year will feature living historians portraying Kate Dorman, Sara Vosburg, and other historic citizens of Sabine City.
The event will open to the public at 9:00 AM each day. Admission and parking are free and living history demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day. At 10:00 AM each day, the military trial and execution of Lt. Elijah P. Allen will be reenacted. Allen was a Confederate cavalry officer who was accused of inciting the desertion of his unit while stationed at High Island. He was convicted and executed by firing squad at Sabine Pass in 1864.
At 11:30 AM on Saturday, the Jefferson County Historical Commission will host a Memorial Service dedicated to the men of both sides who fought and died here.
At 2:00 PM each day, the armies will form and clash dramatically in a large-scale demonstration of the Napoleonic battle tactics typical of the American Civil War!
After the gates close to the public at 5:00 PM, dinner will be provided to the participants and staff by the Dick Dowling Camp, Vietnam Veterans of America, and the Boy Scouts.
During dinner, the Friends of Sabine Pass Battleground will present awards to the re-enactors in several categories, including authenticity and educational interaction with the public.
Bring your lawn chairs and spend a day in 1863! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full event schedule, re-enactor and vendor registration, driving directions, and area lodging information can be found on line at http://csa.tripod.com/DDD_schedule.html
To get us in the spirit for the Dick Dowling Days events, Ed Cotham will be giving a free multi-media presentation on the Battle of Sabine Pass on Friday, August 13, 2010. Ed is the editor of this newsletter and the President of the Friends of Sabine Pass Battleground. He is also the author of four books on Texas in the Civil War, including Sabine Pass: The Confederacy’s Thermopylae. Ed has recently redesigned this Sabine Pass presentation to take into account new information on the ships involved in the Battle of Sabine Pass.
The program will take place on Friday, August 13, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. at the historic Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown museum in Beaumont. Gladys City is located at the intersection of University Drive and US Highway 69/96/287. If you are coming southbound on 287, exit at the "Highland Ave. - Sulphur Dr." exit; proceed down the service road crossing Highland Avenue. At the first U-turn underpass, turn left and proceed northbound about 1/4 mile to University Drive and Gladys City. If you are coming northbound on 287, exit at Highland Avenue and watch on your right for University Drive and Gladys City. Ed will have copies of his books to sell and sign but you are welcome to bring your own copies for him to sign. This lecture is open to the public and no reservations are necessary.