BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The Texas Historical Commission (THC), in conjunction with local co-host the Cameron County Historical Commission (CCHC); Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park (NHP); the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, South Texas Refuge Complex; and with support from the Brownsville Historical Association will host Park Day for Palmito Ranch Battlefield National Historic Landmark (NHL), known as the last land battle of the American Civil War.
Starting at 9:00 a.m., Palo Alto Battlefield NHP will serve as the site host for the Cameron CHC’s Civil War Symposium on the topic of South Texas and the Cotton Trade in the Civil War. Following the morning’s symposium attendees will relocate to Palmito Ranch Battlefield for Park Day.
- WHO: THC, Cameron CHC, Palo Alto Battlefield NHP, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Brownsville Historical Foundation. Free and open to the public. Free breakfast tacos and drinks at the morning symposium (while supplies last). For the Park Day session bring sunscreen, working cloths, and hat. Bottled water, disposable gloves, and trash bags will be provided).
- WHAT: Civil War symposium on the topic of South Texas and the Cotton Trade in the Civil War, followed by Park Day activities including a trash pick-up and an historic interpretation of Palmito Ranch Battlefield NHL, as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s conservation efforts at the Santa Anna National Wildlife Refuge.
- WHEN: Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Orientation, followed by the symposium will be held at the Palo Alto Battlefield NHP’s Visitor Center. (Maps to Palmito Ranch Battlefield will be distributed).
- WHERE: Palo Alto Battlefield NHP is located at the northeast corner of the intersection of FM 1847 and FM 511, approximately five miles north of Brownsville. The Palmito Ranch Battlefield NHL core battlefield area [site of Park Day] is located 16.3 miles
- east of Brownsville on State Highway 4 (Boca Chica Hwy).