|Description||The medal is a Davis Guard medal. The medal consists of two parts - an Irish green rosette with a silver coin pendant suspeneded from the rosette. The rosette has no markings. The coin/pendant has an etched edge all around it. The letters "D G" are engraved in the center with a pattee cross engraved beneath the letters. A script inscription at the top of the coin/pendant reads, "Presented to P. E. Dowling." A script inscription at the bottom reads, "Sept 8th 1868." The obverse of the coin/pendant contains etched trim all around with the letters "D G" engraved in the center and the inscription, "Sabine Pass / Sept 8th 1863" in script. The coin/pendant is slightly tarnished. The Davis Guard medal is part of a framed collection (0985.7.135); the remainder of the badges and medals are enumerated (0985.7.135b) - (0985.7.135hh). Medal is located in upper right quadrant of framed display.|
|Dimensions||H-4.75 Dia-3.5 inches|
|Owned||Patrick E. Dowling; Varina Anne Davis (Winnie)|
|Owner Regiment||"Davis Guard"|
|Made||Ladies of Houston, Texas|
|Event||First Battle of Sabine Pass / Bombardment of Fort Sabine|
The ladies of Houston, Texas presented the Davis Guard medal to the defenders of Sabine Pass, Texas on the first anniversary of the battle, September 8, 1864. The medals were made from Mexican eight Reales (dollars). See "Valor in Gray," pp. 435-437, for history of the medal. This medal had been presented to Patrick E. Dowling since his name is the one engraved on the medal.
Dowling, Patrick E.
Davis, Varina Anne (Winnie)