Palmito Ranch Battlefield

Palmito Ranch Battlefield, Brownsville

Palmito Ranch Battlefield
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Chad W
Temple, TX929 contributions
HISTORY
Jul 2017 • Couples
When you are married to an history teacher you find hidden gems like this. The site of the FINAL battle of the Civil War!
Written January 21, 2018
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Michelle J
Tucson, AZ120 contributions
We really enjoyed the voice over that we accessed on the radio channel.
Oct 2016 • Couples
I would have loved to see more of the land, but it's impossible with how difficult the terrain is. It was very interesting and informative.
Written November 1, 2016
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bwcows01
Brownsville, TX37 contributions
awesome
Aug 2016 • Couples
Was great enjoyed the walk all kinds of sights and history. Pretty walking path, just part of the battlefields in Brownsville to visit but one of the best.
Written October 26, 2016
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rollingstoneman
Golden, Colorado, USA102 contributions
For hard-core Civil War buffs.
Oct 2016 • Couples
This battlefield is pretty hard to find - it's WAY out of town, and on Texas Highway 4, which is the road ending at Boca Chica Beach - it is NOT the road to Port Isabel and South Padre Island. You have be at the east edge of Brownsville to get on Highway 4 - there are NO other links to parallel roads further north, due to the shipping canal. Do your homework before going !

The marker and explanatory posters for the battlefield are in a secluded pull-out IMMEDIATELY south of Highway 4, quite a few miles east of the last residential areas of greater Brownsville. You night spend 15 minutes here, and check off this site on your Civil War battlefield list.

The posters explain pretty well the circumstances of the last battle of the Civil War, a month after Lee's surrender at Appomattox. (The Confederate naval plundering of Yankee whaling ships in the north Pacific doesn't really qualify as "battles").
Written October 16, 2016
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ibshydude
Saint Louis, MO6 contributions
Last battlefield of Civil War
Feb 2016 • Friends
It was not an easy place to find. They have a few markers and a AM radio station gives you information about the battle. I have visited a few Civil War battlefields and this one was kinda disappointing. The battle itself was fluid and this area was really just sand and scrub brush, so not really a lot to see. It was also a small battle so it will never be like Bull Run, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, well, you get the picture. I am glad I went because now I can say that I have been to Manasses Virginia (the start) and Palmitto Ranch.(the end) The battlefield at Palo Alto in Brownsville has a lot more going on.
Written March 24, 2016
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RMH_9
Huntsville, AL91 contributions
More Than Just A Historical Marker, But Not Much More
Mar 2016 • Couples
First, the battlefield is somewhat hard to find. It is on Boca Chica Blvd. a few miles east of the airport. There is a historical marker by the road which is nice but is more informative if you turn your AM radio to 1610 and listen to the narrative about the battle. This frequency plays about a 10 minute talk about how and why the battle took place (a month after Appomattox). The battlefield has changed very little in 150 years as the ground is mostly marsh and would be very difficult to develop so it has basically been left alone.

You can take Boca Chica Road out a few miles out the a very secluded beach just north of the Rio Grande river empties into the Gulf of Mexico.

One other thing to be aware of is that on the way back in, there is a Border Patrol check point that you have to go through. It really isn't much, they just asked us if we were US citizens and, when we said we were, they told us to "Have a nice day" and we drove on.

The whole visit really only took a few minutes but, as a civil war buff, I am glad I went.
Written March 9, 2016
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dmahalek
Kearney, NE26 contributions
The End
Feb 2016 • Couples
The end of th Civil War, the last man killed in the war, and the "end" of the state geographically. Truly a destination fo all Civil War buffs. As a bonus, drive to the end of the highway and walk south to the border along a beautiful beach.
Written February 9, 2016
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dontlikesnow44
Eden Prairie, MN199 contributions
Little known piece of civil war history
Jan 2015
The last battle of the Civil War was fought here after the Civil War was over...it took that long for news to reach this area. There is no visitors center here......just plaques along the road. It's very interesting to read them as you drive along. There is really no battleground to walk on as the territory is pretty much covered with brush and mesquite. This highway is near the Rio Grande and Boca Chica beach.
Written December 10, 2015
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Laxref29
Shreveport, LA30 contributions
Well done
Jul 2015 • Family
This was a very well done historical stop. The interactive map and the tie in to your AM radio to tell you both the story of the battle and about the surrounding wild life management area were spot on.
Written July 8, 2015
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happytraveler30183
Sioux Falls89 contributions
Last battle of the Civil War
Jan 2015 • Couples
The area along the road on the way to the end of the road at Boca Chica Beach is where the last battle of the Civil War took place, with the troops of the Confederacy ironically winning this engagement a month after the surrender of General Lee at Appomattox Court House in Virginia. There is a historical plaque and a map of the battlefield but be sure to tune your radio to the frequency they post as they have an excellent recording which really describes the lead-up and actual battle. Great for history enthusiasts.
Written March 1, 2015
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