Cameron County, approx. 12 to 16 miles east of Brownsville on Hwy 4
The Texas Historical Commission (THC), in conjunction with local co-host the Cameron County Historical Commission (CHC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, South Texas Refuge Complex; and with support from the Brownsville Historical Association and the National Park Service at Palo Alto Battlefield NHP will co-host Park Day for Palmito Ranch Battlefield National Historic Landmark (NHL), known as the "Last Land Battle" of the American Civil War. Starting at 10:00 a.m. and running to noon (possibly 1pm).
The Palmito Ranch Battlefield NHL core battlefield area [site of Park Day] is located 16.3 miles east of Brownsville on State Highway 4 (Boca Chica Hwy).
Park Day activities including a trash pick-up and an historic interpretation of Palmito Ranch Battlefield NHL, as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s conservation efforts at the Santa Anna National Wildlife Refuge.
BACKGROUND: Park Day is an annual event sponsored by the Civil War Trust and the History Channel, which seeks volunteers to clean and repair the grounds of Civil War battlefields. At each site, volunteers receive a free T-shirt and patches (while supplies last), and have the opportunity to hear historians interpret the battle. Palmito Ranch Battlefield NHL lies in the Texas Tropical Trail Region, which showcases the heritage, natural beauty, and rich culture of South Texas for the benefit and enjoyment of Texans and travelers.