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The plan seemed perfect. About 5,000 Union Army troops aboard 20 Navy vessels would leave from New Orleans, travel up the Sabine River in Texas, capture Sabine Pass and begin a Federal invasion of Texas. And why not? By mid-1863 Union forces controlled New Orleans, and with the fall of Vicksburg on July 4, the entire Mississippi River.

But Federal Admiral David Farragut and Union Army Major General N. P. Banks hadn't counted on Lt. Richard William "Dick" Dowling, a red-haired Irishman born in Galway County who was cocky, self-assured and only 25 years old.
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For the first time in three years, original masterpieces from the private collection of the late Kenneth M. Freeman will be offered for sale Jan. 28/29, 2011 at the 7th Annual Western Artists of America Show and Sale at the Pearce Museum in Corsicana, Texas.

The masterpieces are from the private Legacy collection and represent some of Freeman's finest artwork. Freeman's work has toured the country in two traveling museum exhibitions plus additional selections in other museum shows.

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The 175th anniversary of the Battle of The Alamo will be celebrated with a variety of programs on March 5, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in San Antonio, Texas, but if you can't make it on Saturday, there will be festivities all year long.

On March 5, the Daughters of The Republic of Texas, the Emily Morgan Hotel and the City of San Antonio will observe the anniversary with a number of programs free to the public.
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Wonderland of Lights, a Texas holiday tradition, will bring some of the best loved names in music to this historic East Texas town for a 40-day festival of holiday lights, music and family fun Nov. 24 through Jan. 2, 2011.

Wonderland of Lights returns for its 24th season with more than a million lights in hundreds of displays showcasing Marshall's historic town square, the magnificent 1901 courthouse and landmarks around town. The festival expands this year with new attractions, including an all-star holiday concert series in Marshall.
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Destroyed during storms that ravaged the area in September 2008, the new Rio Grande Village Nature Trail boardwalk at Big Bend National Park in Southwest Texas along the Rio Grande River bordering Mexico has been reopened.

Superintendent William Wellman formally dedicated the new boardwalk across the beaver pond on the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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