Civil War Battle to Rage Again - San Antonio Express 3 Sept 1976

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Civil War Battle to Rage Again - San Antonio Express 3 Sept 1976 - Civil War battle to rage again ASSOCIATED PRESS...
Civil War battle to rage again ASSOCIATED PRESS SABINE PASS, Tex. — Union troops will storm tiny Fort Griffin again Sunday only to be repelled by a small band of Confederate soldiers and have three gunboats sunk — just as it happened on Sept. 8, 1863. Lt. Dick Dowling, an Irishman who came to Texas fleeing the Irish potato famine, was the commander of the group of Confederate troops that repelled the Union force trying to get a foothold in Texas. Dowling and his band of 42 fired 137 cannon shells in less than one hour, sinking three gunboats which moved up the Sabine Pass channel ahead of a landing force of 19 ships and 5,000 troops. 350 prisoners The Confederate soldiers took 350 prisoners after sinking the Sachem, Arizona and Clifton. A fourth gunboat, the Granite City, retreated, and w ith the rest of the force returned to New Orleans. To commemorate the event, the 1,000 citizens of this tiny South Texas coastal community are sponsoring the re-enactment which they claim, “will be the best ever.” “It will be very authentic,” said Bill Quick, coordinator of the thiee- day program which will include beauty pageants. “We will have cannon, black powder, Civil War muskets and sabers and authentic military uniforms for the soldiers. The only difference is that the Yankee troops will come ashore Small band »f Confederate soldiers to repel Vnion troops at Fort Griffin and fight hand to hand with the defenders ... and we hope no one will get hurt.” Part of the celebration will be the annual blessing of the shrimp fleet. Confederate President Jefferson Davis called the Sabine Pass battle one “without parallel in ancient or- modern war” and in his book “The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government” he devoted four pages to the battle listing the names of each officer and enlisted man. Dowling, who was then 25, was promoted to major. After the war he returned to Houston to run the "Bank of Bacchus” bar where lu traded in all currencies “including whiskey, gin and Jamaica rum.” His bar featured a drink called the “Kiss Me Quick and Go.” He speculated in oil least's and was a stockholder in the Houston Light and Power Co. He died in 1867 at the age of 29 after a bout with yellow fever, the same disease that killed his parents in 1853 . ___________

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  1. San Antonio Express,
  2. 03 Sep 1976, Fri,
  3. Page 10

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