New San Jacinto Battleground Film Series Reenacts Key Moments of the Battle of San Jacinto

Join the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site virtually to celebrate the 185th San Jacinto Day with the premiere of San Jacinto: A Lone Star Shines video series. Every day between April 19 – 22, the site will release a short digital film depicting four pivotal scenes from the Battle of San Jacinto and the fight for freedom. The film series was produced by Avila Productions and was directed and edited by Roman Avila. 

The videos will premiere at 12:00 pm on the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site's Facebook page and will also be available on the Texas Historical Commission YouTube channel. The film will be free to view.   

In April 1836, the future of Texas hung in a balance. Since independence had been declared on March 2, the Texian Army had suffered two crushing defeats at the Alamo and Goliad, and the government, along with most of the population, was fleeing east.  

The fate of the young Republic rested in the hands of General Houston and his small army. On April 21, 1836, in an abandoned cattle ranch on the eastern edge of Austin’s colony, that fate was decided. Houston and his forces defeated the larger Mexican army, captured General Santa Anna, and changed the fate of Texas forever.  

The San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site and Monument and the San Jacinto Museum are open for visitors, please go to for hours. Social distancing and face coverings are required for visitors ages 5 and up when entering the museum.       

This project is made possible by San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, San Jacinto Museum of History Association, and the Texas Historical Commission.