Dick Dowling Digital Archive

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Dick Dowling Digital Archive


The core of this collection of items related to the history and memory of Dick Dowling and the Battle of Sabine Pass was created by undergraduate history students at Rice University with the assistance of Caleb McDaniel, Amanda Focke, and Mercy Harper. Students located newspaper clippings, took photographs, digitized articles, and provided transcriptions, descriptions, and metadata for many of the items. Some of the items--including an introductory video and a map of Houston sites related to Dowling--were created by students in the Spring 2011 semester.

A small portion of this collection is reproduced from the much larger Dick Dowling Collection at the Houston Area Digital Archives. The originals of this larger collection are housed at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center and were digitized with the help of Marie Wise of the Houston Public Library.

For an interpretive tour through part of the collection, please visit the related exhibit "Dick Dowling and Sabine Pass in History and Memory," accessible from the "Browse Exhibits" tab above. Or scroll down to view all the items in the collection.


Amanda York Focke (WRC Fondren Library Rice University)
Caleb McDaniel (Rice University)
Mercy Harper (Rice University)
Marie Wise (HMRC/HPL)

Collection Items

Letter from Andrew Forest Muir to Cooper Ragan
2 page handwritten letter, including the following: "All of the Confederate symbolism that got bantered about at Hebert's so depressed me that after leaving your house I had to correct my thinking by committing a spot of miscegenation."

Letter from Andrew Forest Muir to Cooper Ragan
1 page typed letter on Rice Institute letterhead regarding Muir's essay "Dick Dowling and the Battle of Sabine Pass" and asking: "I am in the midst of organizing the Houston Anti-War Between the States Square Table. May I enroll you as a charter…

Invitation to 2nd Annual Albert Sidney Johnston Camp Dinner, Sons of Confederate Veterans
1 page typed invitation on Albert Sydney Johnston Camp No. 67 Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Houston, Texas, letterhead. Dr. Andrew Forest Muir is announced as the featured speaker at the dinner, who would be discussing his recent article "Dick…

Transcription of obituary for Richard W. Dowling, as published in the Houston Daily Telegraph
1 page typed transcription of an obituary for Richard W. Dowling (Dick Dowling)as it appeared in the Houston Daily Telegraph, Sept. 26, 1867, page 5a. Historian Andrew Forest Muir transcribed the obituary and notes that Tom Vapid was Charles Bickley,…

Transcription of a portion of the Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Convention of the Texas Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy
3 page typed transcript of proceedings held in Bryan, Texas, December 4-7, 1906, pp. 34-36, regarding a talk given by Mrs. S. W. Sholars, entitled "The Heroic Defense of
Sabine Pass." The transcription was done by historian Andrew Forest Muir, ca.…

The Whisky Warriors vs. The Fearsome Fleet
6 page clipping of article entitled "The Whisky Warriors vs. The Fearsome Fleet", relating to the Battle of Sabine Pass during the U.S. Civil War.

"The name of the road... Dowling Street," newsclipping
Newsclipping about Dowling Street, Houston, Texas.

Press release written by Ann Ivins to Pam Ingersoll regarding the 1996 Dick Dowling monument rededication ceremony in Houston, Texas.

Speech delivered at 1997 rededication ceremony of Dick Dowling Memorial, Houston, Texas
Speech delivered by an Irishman from Dick Dowling's place of birth, Tuam, Couny Galway, Ireland.
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