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This Day in Texas History: The Battle of San Jacinto

This Day in Texas History: The Battle of San Jacinto April 21, 1836 The battle of San Jacinto was the concluding military event of the Texas Revolution. On March 13, 1836, the revolutionary army at Gonzales began to retreat eastward. It crossed the Colorado River on March 17 and camped near present Columbus on March 20,…
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This day in Texas History: Eve of the Battle of San Jacinto

This day in Texas History: Eve of the Battle of San Jacinto April 20, 1836 After admonishing his troops to remember the massacres at San Antonio and at Goliad, Sam Houston and his forces crossed Buffalo Bayou on the evening of April 19. At dawn on April 20 the Texans resumed their trek down the bayou and at Lynch’s Ferry captured a…
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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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This Day in Texas History: Birth of “Paul Revere of the Texas Revolution”

This Day in Texas History: Birth of “Paul Revere of the Texas Revolution” March 08, 1798 On this day in 1798, Mathew Caldwell was born in Kentucky. He settled in Dewitt County, Texas, in 1831. Caldwell earned the name “Paul Revere of the Texas Revolution” because he rode from Gonzales to Bastrop to call men…
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This Day in Texas History: Day Eight of the Siege of the Alamo

This Day in Texas History: Day Eight of the Siege of the Alamo Tuesday March 1, 1836 Thirty-two reinforcements from Gonzales arrive. General Sesma advances towards Goliad to seek out Texian reinforcements coming to the aid of the Alamo. Finding none, he returns to Bexar. The Alamo’s 12-pound gunnade fires two shots, one of them hitting…
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This Day in Texas History: Day Six of the Siege of the Alamo

This Day in Texas History: Day Six of the Siege of the Alamo Sunday February 28, 1836 Mexicans receive intelligence that 200 Texian reinforcements from Goliad are en route to the Alamo. The morale within the compound is high. According to Mrs. Dickinson, Crockett took up a fiddle and challenged John McGregor, a Scot with…
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This Day in Texas History: Cotton Comes to the Rio Grande Valley

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Cotton Comes to the Rio Grande Valley February 02, 1830 On this day in 1830, business partners John Stryker and James Wiley Magoffin arrived at Matamoros in the sloop Washington. They made port carrying a newly designed cotton gin and several hundred bags of upland…
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