Location and Directions:
Sabine Pass Battleground. The site is located 1.5 miles south of the town of Sabine Pass on Dick Dowling Rd. and 15 miles south of Port Arthur via State Highway 87. State Highway 87 is closed between Sea Rim and High Island. Click the link above then click the map on the page once it opens.
On September 7th and 8th, the Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site will host the Dick Dowling Days Sesquicentennial! Over 300 living historians will be recreating aspects of 19th century life during the trying times of war on the Texas coast.
Also of interest will be the presence of a number of sutlers. Historically, these were civilian merchants who followed the armies and sold goods to the soldiers. Out sutlers will be setting up their "tent-stores" on site and selling period items like uniforms, ladies dresses, books, ephemera, military supplies, and other reproduction items to tne reenactors and the public. There will be plenty of food and drink vendors as well.
Saturday, a memorial ceremony will be conducted in honor of those men who fought bravely and those who lost their lives here, deaturing a period color guard, rifle and artillery salutes, invocation, keynote speaker, and the Lone State Pipe Band.
Saturday afternoon's battle reenacement will be loosely based on the 1962 Union attack on the old Fort Sabine and the subsequent occupation of Sabine City by Union troops.
Sunday's battle will be the repulse of the Union occupiers and subsequent Confederate victory. Both battles will involve the movement of the largest armies we've ever fielded as well as thunder and smoke from sixteen artillery pieces!