The 58-acre Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site is located where one of Texas's most important battles in the Civil War took place. Here a Union attack on Sabine Pass, which connects Sabine Lake with the Gulf of Mexico, was defeated. In one of the greatest victories during the war for Confederate forces, Lt. Richard "Dick" Dowling turned back Union soldiers while taking about 350 of them as prisoners in the process. The site includes a 1936 statue of Dowling, as well as a monument to fallen Union soldiers. Nearby at the Museum of the Gulf Coast, local history from pre-historic times to today is recounted in a variety of revolving exhibits which often include artifacts and information on the Gulf Coast during the Civil War era.