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Davis Guards Medal
Texas Military Davis Guard Medal.png
Obverse and reverse of the medal
Awarded by the citizens of Houston
Country  Confederate States
Type Campaign medal
Eligibility Members of Company F (Davis Guards), 1st (Cook's) Texas Heavy Artillery Regiment; Second Lieutenant N. W. Smith, Engineer Corps; and Assistant Surgeon George H. Bailey
Awarded for the defense of Sabine Pass, Texas
Campaign Joint Federal Expedition to Sabine Pass, Texas (September 7–8, 1863)
Statistics
Established 1863; 158 years ago (1863)

The Davis Guards Medal was a military award presented by the citizens of Houston to each of the participants a few weeks after the battle of Sabine Pass (September 8, 1863). Father Quesart, in charge of the Catholic Church in Houston during the American Civil War, started the project by popular subscription.

History[]

The Davis Guards Medal was presented by the citizens of Houston a few weeks after the battle of Sabine Pass (September 8, 1863)[1] to the members of Company F (Davis Guards), 1st (Cook's) Texas Heavy Artillery Regiment; Second Lieutenant N. W. Smith, Engineer Corps; and Assistant Surgeon George H. Bailey.[2] Some time later, President Jefferson Davis also visited that locality, and the Davis Guards had another medal made and presented it to him.[2]

Appearance[]

The obverse of the Davis Guards Medal consisted of a Mexican silver dollar, each side smoothed off and engraved with the letters " D G ", below which is a rude cross of the form known as cross pattée. The reverse of the medal bore the inscription in three lines " Sabine Pass " / " Sept. 8th " / " 1863 " in cursive script. Border, on each side, a line, about one-eighth of an inch from the edge, from which groups of oblique lines extend to the edge. Loop for suspension.[2]

Museum exhibitions and displays[]

Three of the medals are known to exist. These are on display at the American Civil War Museum, Bullock Museum,[3] and Texas Military Forces Museum.

Recipients[]

Below is a list of recipients of the Davis Guards Medal. On February 8, 1864, all members of the artillery company also received the "thanks of Congress."[4]

  • Patrick Abbott
  • George H. Bailey
  • Michael Carr[note 1]
  • Abner R. Carter
  • Patrick Clair
  • James Corcoran
  • Hugh Deagan
  • Michael Delaney
  • Thomas Daughtery
  • Jefferson Davis (Honorary)
  • John A. Drummond
  • Daniel Donovan
  • Richard W. Dowling
  • Michael Eagan
  • David Fitzgerald
  • Patrick Fitzgerald
  • James Fleming
  • John Flood[note 2]
  • William Gleason
  • John Hassott
  • James Higgins
  • Timothy Hurley
  • John Hennessey
  • Thomas Hagerty
  • Timothy Huggins
  • William Hardin[note 3]
  • W. L. Jett
  • Patrick Malone
  • Thomas McKernon
  • John McKeever
  • Alexander McCabe
  • Timothy McDonough
  • Patrick McDonnell
  • John McGrath
  • John McNealis
  • Daniel McMurray
  • Michael Monoghan
  • Richard O'Hara
  • Laurence Plunkett
  • Edward Pritchard
  • Maurice Powers
  • Charles Rheins
  • N. W. Smith
  • Thomas Sullivan[note 4]
  • Michael Sullivan
  • Patrick Sullivan
  • Matthew Walsh
  • Jack W. White
  • John Wesley
  • Joseph Wilson

See also[]

Notes[]

  1. Buried at Texas State Cemetery.
  2. Buried at Texas State Cemetery.
  3. Buried at Texas State Cemetery.
  4. Buried at Texas State Cemetery.

References[]

  1. "Heroes of Sabine Pass". The Galveston Daily News. May 17, 1895. p. 3. https://www.newspapers.com/image/20693374/.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Belden, Bauman L. (1914). "War Medals of the Confederacy". American Numismatic Society. pp. 195–204. JSTOR 43587815. 
  3. "Davis Guards Medal". https://www.thestoryoftexas.com/discover/artifacts/davis-guards-medal. 
  4. U.S. War Department, comp. (1889). Scott, Lieut. Col. Robert N.. ed. War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series I–Volume XXVI–In Two Parts. Part I. Washington: Government Printing Office. p. 915. https://archive.org/details/warofrebellion261unit. 

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