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Address of the Rev. J. J. Loomis At the Presentation of a (Garrison) Flag to the Davis Guards, at Fort Sabine, Sept. 19, 1863

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Address of the Rev. J. J. Loomis At the Presentation of a (Garrison) Flag to the Davis Guards, at Fort Sabine, Sept. 19, 1863


Dowling, Dick, 1838-1867--Sabine Pass


Sabine City presents the Davis Guards, headed by Dick Dowling, with a Garrison Flag to display on their fort. Rev. J. J. Loomis gave an address, regaling the Guards' bravery and heroism.


Houston Tri-Weekly Telegraph


Oct. 16, 1863. "Address of the Rev. J. J. Loomis At the Presentation of a (Garrison) Flag to the Davis Guards, at Fort Sabine, Sept. 19, 1863." Houston Tri-Weekly Telegraph, Page 2.


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October 10, 1863




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Oct. 16, 1863. "Address of the Rev. J. J. Loomis At the Presentation of a (Garrison) Flag to the Davis Guards, at Fort Sabine, Sept. 19, 1863." Houston Tri-Weekly Telegraph, Page 2.

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Address of the Rev. J. J. Loomis,
At the Presentation of a (Garrison) Flag to the Davis Guards, at Fort Sabine, Sept. 19, 1863

I have been requested to represent the [tastes] of Sabine City in the presentation of this Flag as a token of their exalted appreciation of your noble daring in the discharge of duty, which you so fearlessly exhibited in the defence [sic] of this place on the 8th of September, 1863.
It is with mingled feelings of pride and pleasure that I address you: of pride, because of the honor conferred in paying a tribute to the patriotic and chivalrous; of pleasure because it awakens into newness of life that love of country and of home which finds a response in every bosom, animates every gesture and thrills in every heart. Language is inadequate to give expression to my [citations] as I contemplate this [question] and the circumstances which have [joined] us together. But yesterday, and the [squadron] of an [exhaustion] darkened our waters, bearing with them the implements of war and subjugation. To-day, that fleet is [scattered]. You have [given] an insolent enemy a lesson not soon to be forgotten, [where] the trophies of your victory speak silently, too proudly, of your achievements. But yesterday, and the roar of [---] awoke the slumbering echoes of our quiet shores, and hurled their murderous [stones] for your destruction. To-day finds [---] preserved in the hollow of an omnipotent bond, the special [---] of Divine protection. But yesterday, and you were [---]shot and the deafening din of battle, [---] are burning all the brighter upon the [shares] of your heart, from the fiery ordeal through which you have passed. But yesterday, and you stood shoulder to shoulder in defence of the land of your adoption. Today, this vast assemblage of your companions-in-arms are witnesses to the debt of gratitude [one] for your fidelity and heroism in that trying hour of your country's need. But yesterday, and your sky was darkened by the sulfourous [sic] canopy that hung around you. Today, the sun shines in splendor upon this scene of strife, made more brilliant by the triumph your prowess has achieved. But yesterday, and the swift-winged shot screamed fearfully around you. Today, you are greeted by the cheering words and approving smiles of patriotic women who would not be [---] to do you honor, and would salute you as the bravest among the brave. Brightest upon the historic page are those deeds of devoted heroes, who, strong in their very weakness, have defended their position with a zeal worthy of their cause, against the opposing hosts of a more powerful foe; and while there shall be found a pen to record the gallant achievements of the brave, no long will the memory of the heroic defenders of Thermopylae be perpetuated and "Spartan" be but another name of valor.
Second to none of the brilliant exploits of the war, will stand the valorous defence of yonder fort, when, on that memorable day, thirty-eight determined men, in the very face of a score of the enemy's ships, reacted to save our State from the ravages and cruelties of invasion, or perish like patriots at their guns. Fortune favored the brave. The death-dealing shot told the story of your valor, and victory perched in triumph upon your standard. In honor of so joyful an event, we have convened this day that your brethren-in-arms may rejoice with you at your glorious success, and that the gentle spirit of woman may pay homage to the gallant and the brave.
Your General, present with us, looks proudly upon his gallant model band. Three thousand of your comrades are turning to you, to receive the lesson you have taught of undying, patriotic devotion, and the clarion notes of fame are heralding your victory throughout the length and breadth of our State, lighting up each home with joy, imparting to all renewed energy and zeal, and giving assurance that we can never be conquered.
Your noblest reward is in the self-consciousness that you have discharged your duty; that you have [reared] a monument more enduring than brass in the hearts of a grateful people, who will ever cherish with pride the memory of your deeds. And when the times and places that knew us now shall know us no more, Nature herself will do you honor, for while the Neches and Sabine shall unite and roll on in one [unruffled] stream to the gulf and thence to the ocean, the music of their sparkling waters will flow "mingling with your fame forever." May God bless you, and nerve your hearts and strengthen your arms for other and future days of peril!
Brave men! allow me in the name of the ladies of Sabine to present you this flag, a memento to your gallantry and the emblem of our liberty. You have no reputation to make, but a proud one to sustain, and while this banner shall float untrammeled above you, never suffer its folds to be trailed in the dust. Raise it aloft o'er the battlements you have so nobly defended, and let it be received amid the cheers and acclamations of a people determined to be free. "Hurrah! my brave boys, you may shout as you please./No Federal banner now floats in the breeze;/'Tis the stars and the bars that waves over yon height,/While on its proud folds our Lone star sheds its light."

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