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This Day in Texas History: Mexican Forces Capture Key Brazos Crossing

This Day in Texas History: Mexican Forces Capture Key Brazos Crossing April 12, 1836 On this day in 1836, Mexican forces under General Santa Anna captured Thompson’s Ferry, on the Brazos River between San Felipe and Fort Bend. As Sam Houston’s army retreated eastward, a rear-guard under Moseley Baker at San Felipe and Wyly Martin…
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This Day in Texas History: Infamy at Goliad

This Day in Texas History: Infamy at Goliad March 27, 1836 On this day in 1836, which happened to be Palm Sunday, at least 342 Texans were executed by firing squad at Goliad. The Texans considered these men prisoners of war, whereas General Santa Anna thought them “perfidious foreigners.” The Mexican dictator had decreed that…
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