The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail College of Liberal Arts

Inspire, Intrigue, Relate.

Did you know that the last land battle of the Civil War was fought along the Mexican border at Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas? During the Civil War, the Rio Grande served as a significant point of contention forming one of the Confederacy’s claimed international borders; a source for both international recognition and trade. Of course, the Union contested both of these.


Who We Are Now

Drawing upon a broad coalition of interested parties, this community-based project seeks to design a virtual “tour” in the form of a map/guide/brochure and associated web page, pod casts, and QR codes that can provide a conceptual “walk” through the history of the Civil War in South Texas. The primary intent is to:

  • Enrich our knowledge
  • Identify the Civil War era in this region
  • Foster cultural awareness
  • Provide historical resources for the public
  • Add heritage tourism to the region.