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(July 18, 2004) Enlarge This view shows the Texas State Historical Survey Committee marker, reverse view of the Texas Monument to Dowling and his men, and Spanish-American War bunker (plenty of bunkers at this strategic site)
I want to also include the inscriptions from the reverse side of the monument from each of the three panels as they are also interesting
At this site on Sept 8th, 1863 Dick Dowling and forty-seven men comprising Company F Texas Heavy Artillery Jefferson Davis Guards CSA from a mud fort repulsed an attack made by four warships and twelve hundred men of the Federal Army thus saving Texas from invasion by the enemy
There is no parallel in ancient or modern warfare to the victory of Dowling and his men at Sabine Pass considering the great odds against which they had to contend. -Jefferson Davis
Thus it will be seen that we captured with forty-seven men, two gunboats mounting thirteen guns of the heaviest caliber and about three hundred and fifty prisoners. All my men behaved like heroes, not a man flinched from his post. Our motto was Victory or Death.
Official Report of Lt. Richard W. Dowling


(July 18, 2004) Enlarge This view was taken by me later as the sun started to shine more brightly. This is a front view. I have copied all of the information inscribed on the front, as I was sure it could not be read from the photo and suspected people would want to know what it said since it lists all of the men involved. I rather liked the center inscription

In Memory of Lt. Richard W. Dowling and his men

Texas remembers the faithfulness and valor of her sons and commends their heroic example to future generations

Erected by State of Texas 1936


Men Who Fought"

2nd LT. N.H. Smith
Dr. Geo. H. Bailey
Michael Carr
Pat Clair
Thos. Daugherty
Michael Delaney
JNO. Drummond
Pat Fitzgerald
John Flood
Tom Haggerty
John Hassett
James Higgins

With Dowling Were"
Tim Hurley
Pat Malone
Pat McDonnell
John McGrath
Michael McKernan
JNO. McNealis
Peter O'Hara
Maurice Powers
Charles Rheins
Pat Sullivan
Mathew Walsh
John W. White
Patrick Abbott
Abner R. Carter
James Corcoran
Hugh Deagan
Dan Donovan
Michael Eagan
James Flemming
William Gleason
William Hardy
John Hennessey
Tim Huggins
William L. Jett
Ally McCabe
Tim McDonough
John McKeever
Dan McMurray
Michael Monoghan
Lawrence Plunkett
Edw. Pritchard
Michael Sullivan
Thomas Sullivan
John T. Westley
Joseph Wilson

(July 18, 2004) Enlarge This is a close-up of the statue of Lt. Richard Dowling. Note the binos in one hand and lighter for cannon in the other hand. Dowling is facing the spot where Union vessels appeared


(July 18, 2004) EnlargeGrave site of Dick Dowling. He is buried in Houston at the Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church in Houston's Fifth Ward. This area of Houston was an entry point for immigrants. The parish once was heavily Irish, later Mexican, SE Asian, and now African (Nigerian)
The close-up of the headstone says

1st Lt Richard W. Dowling
Co. F.
1838 1867

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