Submitted by Justin Minsker on
The battlefield of San Jacinto is the site of the final, shocking, and decisive conflict of the Texas Revolution that took place on April 21, 1836. Gen. Sam Houston and his army of about 1,000 Texian soldiers routed Gen. Santa Anna’s 1,400-man army—in just 18 minutes.
Screened by trees and rising ground, Houston's men formed with Edward Burleson's regiment at center, Sidney Sherman's on the left wing, artillery under George W. Hockley on Burleson's right, and the infantry under Henry Millard on the right of the artillery.
Under Mirabeau B. Lamar, the cavalry took the extreme right to cut off possible flight of Mexican troops. With their four-piece band playing a popular love song, "Will You Come to the Bower," the Texians attacked at a run, crying, "Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!"
Such was their fury that 630 of the enemy were killed and 730 captured. An enemy shot shattered Gen. Houston's ankle, but he lost only nine men (killed or mortally wounded).
The Alamo partnered with the Texas Historical Commission, the San Jacinto Museum, and Presidio La Bahia to present San Jacinto Day: Texas Remembers, a digital history broadcast on April 21, 2020.
In celebration of the 184th anniversary of Texas' victory for independence at the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836, listen to experts from Casa Navarro State Historic Site, Presidio La Bahía, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, and the Alamo, as well as the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
Hosted and produced by Gary Foreman, owner of Native Sun Productions, San Jacinto Day featured the following speakers:
- Mark Wolfe, Executive Director, Texas Historical Commission
- Carla Miller, President of the Alamo Mission Chapter, Daughters of the Republic of Texas
- Jeanie Travis, President, Fiesta San Antonio Commission
- Jordan Anderson, Lead Educator, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
- Georgia Davis, Site Manager, Casa Navarro State Historic Site
- Bill Irwin, Historic Site Operations, Texas Historical Commission
- Cait Johnson, Lead Educator, San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
- Bryan McAuley, Site Manager, San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site
- Scott McMahon, Director, Presidio La Bahía
- Ernesto Rodriguez, Curator, the Alamo
If you like this post, please subscribe to our blog via RSS or email.