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Niblett's Bluff

Niblett's Bluff, on the banks of the Sabine River, northwest of Vinton, was a Confederate stronghold during the War Between the States and the old dug out breastworks may still be seen.

Although no bloody battles were fought here, thirty heroes were struck down by disease and their graves bear silent testimony to those grim days of the South.

Niblett's Bluff was a trading post and a prominent stop-over on the Old Spanish Trail long before the War. A man named Niblett operated a store near the banks of the Sabine River and his name was given to the settlement in the early 1830s. The old cemetery here numbers many graves more than 100 years old.

The Bluff was a large shipping port during the War. Many cargoes were shipped to and from the Texas Gulf Coast and Mexico for the Confederate forces here. The Confederate Commission to England took ship at Niblett's Bluff for Galveston, Texas, from whence the Commission left on its memorable journey to London to secure aid in the form of ships and money for the Confederacy.

The disease was an epidemic of measles. The cemetery, next to the church, contains no Confederate graves. The soldiers were buried in a mass grave and the post was abandoned. Louisiana and Texas Divisions of the United Daughters of the Confederacy jointly own a small portion of land there and have erected a marker. The property is nicely fenced and right across the street from Niblett's Bluff Park. The park is a lovely place for family picnics, camping and other outdoor activities.

Unless watched closely,
the growth of weeds will overtake the monument.

Chapter President Shirley Smith and her husband spend many hours during the year keeping the monument area cleared.

This president still looks cool and collected after working several hours in the July heat to clean the fenced area......maybe it's the bare feet.
A Confederate tip of the hat to Shirley and Allen.

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