Dick Dowling and Sabine Pass in History and Memory
- Start Here
- The Afterlives of Dick Dowling
- Slavery and the Battle of Sabine Pass
- Further Reading
This exhibit offers a guided tour through some of the items contained in the Dick Dowling Digital Archive. Many of the items in the archive were collected, digitized, transcribed, described, or created by Rice undergraduate students enrolled in the Spring 2011 semester of HIST 246, taught by Dr. Caleb McDaniel. Amanda York Focke of the Woodson Research Center prepared many of the items for presentation in Omeka and uploaded the core collection, with the assistance of Ryan Shaver. Crucial assistance was also provided by Marie Wise of the Houston Public Library, Mercy Harper, Jean Niswonger, and Kim Ricker. Generous funding from the Humanities Research Center supported undergraduate research internships for three Rice students who worked on the project.
The exhibit consists of two major sections, the first on the public memory of Dick Dowling in Houston since 1863 and the second on slavery and the battle of Sabine Pass. The second section was written by Caleb McDaniel with research and technical assistance from Amanda Focke, Blake Earle, and Jarvis Sam. Portions of the first section were written by Caleb McDaniel, Jaclyn Youngblood, Ryan Shaver, Jocelyn Wright, Kathryn Skilton, and students in the Fall 2011 semester of HIST 246. Research assistance was also provided by Mercy Harper, Ryan Shaver, Kathryn Skilton, Jaclyn Youngblood, and Jocelyn Wright.
Michael Abunasr-Shiraz, Victor Acuna, Bridget Byquist, Clarissa Cox, Jurjen De Jong, Amanda Focke, Adam Gierlach, Mercy Harper, Ross Hill, Alex Honold, Clare Jensen, Zach Kopplin, Craig Labbate, Gabriela Lopez, Abby Marcus, Matthew Mariani, Caleb McDaniel, Elizabeth Pogue, Jarvis Sam, Ryan Shaver, Elizabeth Shulman, Kathryn Skilton, Courtney Svatek, Jocelyn Wright, Jaclyn Youngblood, Adam Zornes
This page provides a brief summary of the Battle of Sabine Pass, the Civil War battle that made Dick Dowling famous. It includes an introductory video about the Dick Dowling Digital Archive.
This exhibit focuses on the changing ways that Lieutenant Richard W. "Dick" Dowling has been remembered since the American Civil War, particularly in the city of Houston. It was written and curated by undergraduate Rice students enrolled in the Spring 2011 course on "Public History and Civil War Memory" and the Fall 2011 course "The American Civil War Era," with editorial and research assistance by Professor Caleb McDaniel.
This section examines the subject that has most often been neglected in previous retellings of Dick Dowling's story--the relationship between the Battle of Sabine Pass and the institution of slavery in Texas and the Confederacy.
This page contains a timeline of important events related to Dick Dowling, the Civil War, and Civil War memory. It provides a useful reference for viewers of the exhibit pages.
A bibliography of works used to create the exhibit and suggestions for further reading.