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This year’s “Dick Dowling Days.” event went off without a hitch! As I walked through the tents and around the cannons, I felt as though I had been sent back in time and somehow ended up in the campsite of civil war soldiers!
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An excerpt from the Texas Historical Commission’s website best describes the synopsis of the Battle of Sabine Pass: “On September 8, 1863, a Union navy flotilla of four gunboats and 5,000 men attempted to enter the Sabine Pass. Dowling’s artillery drills paid off as the Confederates scored several direct hits on the federal ships, disabling two of them, and blocking the others’ passage. The Union forces retreated and the Davis Guard claimed the capture of 350 prisoners and a large quantity of supplies; they did not suffer a single casualty in the encounter. The unlikely victory of Dowling and the Davis Guard thwarted the Union invasion of Texas.”
The event is held annually, and is great fun for the whole family. Kids everywhere were mesmerized by all the regalia of the civil war. It was a very historically educational and entertaining event. When thecannons began to fire, the excitement was really turned up!