The location of a significant Civil War battlefield, Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site tells the story of Confederate Lt. Richard “Dick” Dowling and his 46 men who thwarted a Union assault on Sabine Pass, a primary Texas port for Confederate shipments of supplies and vital to the war effort. In a battle lasting less than an hour, Dowling and his men destroyed two gunboats, resulting in significant casualties and the capture of nearly 350 prisoners. Thanks to their efforts, area ports escaped capture and Union forces never penetrated the Texas interior in the Civil War.

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6100 Dowling Rd. 
Port Arthur, TX 77655 
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Wednesday to Sunday
8 a.m.–5 p.m. 

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$5 per vehicle 

Walkway along the water at Sabine Pass Battleground

Plan Your Visit

Self-guided site tours of of the site include the bronze statue of Lt. Richard “Dick” Dowling and the memorial to the Union casualties of the battle.

Canon model exhibit at Sabine Pass Battleground

Sabine Pass Battleground History

On September 8, 1863, the battle of Sabine Pass turned back one of several Union attempts to invade and occupy part of Texas during the Civil War. 

Visitor fishing at Sabine Pass Battleground


Sabine Pass Battleground offers 50-amp hook ups for RVs with a total of 5 spots.

Sabine Pass Battleground in the Blog

Picture of a statue

Opening Sabine Pass

Learn about the significant upgrades made to Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site.