Civil War Trail

Civil War Trail map

Located on the south Texas border region known as the Rio Grande Valley, this trail traverses a five-county region along the Rio Grande [river] between Brownsville and Laredo with a few sites inland where applicable. During the Civil War, the Rio Grande served as a significant point of contention as skirmishes between both Union and Confederate forces erupted along the border between the military forts of Fort McIntosh in Laredo, Ringgold Barracks in Rio Grande City and Fort Brown in Brownsville. It is an important facet of American History that the last land battle of the Civil War was fought along the Mexican border at Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas.