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Richard William Dowling
Birth: Jan., 1837, Ireland
Death: Sep. 23, 1867
Harris County
Texas, USA

Civil War Confederate Army Officer. While serving as a 1st Lieutenant, at twenty-six years of age, he commanded Fort Griffin during the 1863 Battle of Sabine Pass. It was a garrison of less than fifty men when the Union Army launched the twenty-two ship invasion fleet from New Orleans. On board were five-thousand soldiers, sailors, and marines, plus enough livestock, munitions, and equipment for the capture and occupation of Texas. The resulting battle was a Confederate victory yielding two Union gunboats and three hundred and fifty prisoners. Lieutenant Dowling was promoted to Major and spent the remainder of the war traveling and recruiting troops for the State of Texas. When the war ended in 1865, Federal authorities paroled him, and he returned to his many business enterprises in Houston. He held membership in several civic organizations and a Houston volunteer fire company. In 1867, he contracted yellow fever and died at age thirty. His Houston Hook and Ladder Company carried him to his final resting place in St. Vincentís Cemetery in Houston while a soft rain fell and thousands of hushed Texans lined the streets. Many public works and schools have been named for him in Southeast Texas. The Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #1295 in Beaumont and Camp #1305 in Houston are named for him, as well as United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter #404 in Beaumont. (bio by: Clay Homister) 
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  Annie Elizabeth Odlum Daniel (1840 - 1918)*
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Saint Vincents Cemetery
Harris County
Texas, USA
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Record added: Sep 30, 2002
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