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The Battle of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836
Texas Escapes ^ | 4/21/2006 | Murray Montgomery

Posted on 04/21/2006 4:07:40 PM PDT by HEMICRASHBOX

Saturday, April 21, 2001, will mark the 165th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto. Because of the eventual consequences of this encounter, the battle is considered, by many historians, as one of the most important in world history.

After spending weeks retreating from Mexican troops in an attempt to buy some time to train his "rag-tag" army, General Sam Houston had finally found the right place and time to fight the superior forces under the command of the Mexican dictator, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. The fierce confrontation was destined to take place on a grass prairie near the Texas gulf coast; a place we know today as Houston, Texas.

The events that led to the battle at San Jacinto actually began at Gonzales, Texas, in March of 1836. General Houston had arrived at Gonzales just in time to receive the news of the disaster at the Alamo. He immediately made an attempt to form military units within the army. After he had accomplished some sort of organization to his little militia, Houston decided that he must retreat. He knew that his group would be no match for Santa Anna's disciplined troops and his only hope was to withdraw and lure the Mexican forces deeper into Texas. He hoped to lengthen their (Mexican) supply lines and make it difficult for them to move rapidly.

As the Texas army retreated east and sometimes northeast in a zigzag sort of way, many of the soldiers became disgruntled and were tired of running-some deserted, most of them just wanted to fight. But, "General Sam" had a plan. A plan he shared with no one.

When the Texans arrived at the Colorado River, Sam Houston's army was at its peak strength. It is estimated that he had anywhere from 1000 to 1500 men at this time, but to the chagrin of many of his soldiers and Texas government officials, he continued to retreat.

Everyone felt sure that Houston would make his stand at the Colorado and when he did not, some thought that he should be relieved of his command and indeed this might have happened if there had been a qualified replacement. Sam Houston overcame these difficulties in his same determined way and the exhausted little army moved on toward the plain at San Jacinto.

When the Texas army reached the Brazos River, General Houston turned it toward the north and Groce's Landing. Again, the men started the angry talk about their commander. They were tired of running! Heavy rain was constant and having to trudge through the mud day after day was beginning to take its toll.

While camped at Groce's, Houston continued to drill and train his men. He began to mold his volunteers into a fighting unit. Jared Groce had a fine plantation and he gave all he could to the Texans, including lead to make ammunition. He also gave them vegetables from his garden as well as, a supply of meat from his vast herd of cattle. It was at this time that the Texans received another; much needed gift - two cannons from the citizens of Cincinnati, Ohio. They were promptly named, "Twin Sisters."

After playing his game of "cat and mouse" with the Mexican army for more than a month, Sam Houston was finally ready to spring his trap. Although the odds still favored the Mexicans, Houston must have felt that this was the best chance he had to secure a victory and better yet, possibly capture Santa Anna. At approximately 4:30 p.m. on April 21, 1836, some 800 Texans began their assault against 1300 to 1400 Mexican soldiers. The book Battles of Texas, describes the Texans' charge as follows: "Incredibly the Texans reached within two hundred yards of the Mexican barricade before they were seen .... The "Twin Sisters" roared and muskets barked and men cursed furiously and suddenly all was bedlam."

General Sam Houston had two horses shot out from under him during the battle. He was shot through the ankle. Santa Anna grabbed a horse from one of his men and fled. The Mexican army was caught completely off-guard and the Battle of San Jacinto was over in less than 18 minutes.

The battle had been won, but the killing continued. Thirsty for revenge, emotions ran wild among the Texans. They shot, clubbed, and stabbed the Mexicans as they attempted to escape. Some of the enemy soldiers were even scalped, before the Texas army officers finally restrained their men. It has been estimated that 650 Mexicans were killed and 700 captured. General Santa Anna was taken captive the next day.

The Alamo and Goliad had been avenged. Texas independence was secured.

TOPICS: History
The Alamo and Goliad had been avenged. Texas independence was secured.
1 posted on 04/21/2006 4:07:42 PM PDT by HEMICRASHBOX
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To: HEMICRASHBOX; Diddle E. Squat; deport; maui_hawaii; Ben Ficklin; zeugma; MeekOneGOP; Fiddlstix; ...
Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!

2 posted on 04/21/2006 4:09:20 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

Remember the Yellow Rose of Texas, who delayed Santa Anna long enough!

3 posted on 04/21/2006 4:10:21 PM PDT by Donald Meaker (A Turk is always a Turk, but you don't know WHAT a Christian will do.)
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YEEEEEEEHHHHHAAAA! A little bit of 'ol fashioned Texas whup@ss.

Someone needs to remind the illegals who their daddy is.

4 posted on 04/21/2006 4:14:03 PM PDT by keithtoo (It's STILL not safe to vote Democrat)
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Can't type..

5 posted on 04/21/2006 4:14:15 PM PDT by TexanToTheCore (Rock the pews, Baby)
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To me this battle was the second half of the battle of the Alamo, which to me has always meant the Alamo was a victory for the fantastic Texan men that died there.

6 posted on 04/21/2006 4:15:53 PM PDT by ansel12
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Good Bless the men who died at Goliad
God Bless the people of Gonzales
God Bless the men who stod their ground and died at the Alamo
God Bless the ranchers and farmers who burned their homes, their barns, their crops and who drove off their cattle in order to deny Santa Ana food and shelter
God Bless the men who charged the lines at San Jacnto.

7 posted on 04/21/2006 4:29:39 PM PDT by TexanToTheCore (Rock the pews, Baby)
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Apparently, it is not over! I can't vouch for the validity of the below, received it via email, but it surely is food for thought, an really got my hackles up!



"You old white people. It is your duty to die."


Augustin Cebada, Brown Berets; "Go back to Boston! Go back to Plymouth Rock, Pilgrims! Get out! We are the future. You are old and tired. Go on. We have beaten you. Leave like beaten rats. You old white people. It is your duty to die . . Through love of having children, we are going to take over.

Richard Alatorre, Los Angeles City Council. "They're afraid we're going to take over the governmental institutions and other institutions. They're right. We will take them over . . . We are here to stay "

Excelsior, the national newspaper of Mexico, "The American Southwest seems to be slowly returning to the jurisdiction of Mexico without firing a single shot."

Professor Jose Angel Gutierrez, University of Texas; "We have an aging white America. They are not making babies. They are dying. The explosion is in our population . . . I love it. They are shitting in their pants with fear. I love it."

Art Torres, Chairman of the California Democratic Party, "Remember 187--proposition to deny taxpayer funds for services to non-citizens--was the last gasp of white America in California."

Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County Supervisor, "We are politicizing every single one of these new citizens that are becoming citizens of this country . . I gotta tell you that a lot of people are saying, "I'm going to go out there and vote because I want to pay them back."

Mario Obledo, California Coalition of Hispanic Organizations and California State Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under Governor Jerry Brown, also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton, "California is going to be a Hispanic state. Anyone who doesn't like it should leave."

Jose Pescador Osuna, Mexican Consul General , "We are practicing 'La Reconquista' in California."

Professor Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University; "We need to avoid a white backlash by using codes understood by Latinos . . . "

Are these just the words of a few extremists? Consider that we could fill up many pages with such quotes. Also, consider that these are mainstream Mexican leaders.


On February 15, 1998, the U.S. and Mexican soccer teams met at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The crowd was overwhelmingly pro-Mexican even though most lived in this country. They booed during the National Anthem and U.S. flags were held up side down. As the match progressed, supporters of the U.S. team were insulted, pelted with projectiles, punched and spat upon. Beer and trash were thrown at the U.S. players before and after the match. The coach of the U.S. team, Steve Sampson said, "This was the most painful experience I have ever had in this profession."

Did you know that immigrants from Mexico and other non-European countries can come to this country and get preferences in jobs, education, and government contracts? It's called affirmative action or racial privilege. The Emperor of Japan or the President of Mexico could migrate here and immediate ly be eligible for special rights unavailable for Americans of European descent. Recently, a vote was taken in the U.S. Congress to end this practice. It was defeated. Every single Democratic senator except Ernest Hollings voted to maintain special privileges for Hispanic, Asian and African immigrants. They were joined by thirteen Republicans. Bill Clinton and Al Gore have repeatedly stated that they believe that massive immigration from countries like Mexico is good. They have also backed special privileges for these immigrants.

Corporate America has signed on to the idea that minorities and third world immigrants should get special, privileged status. Some examples are Exxon, Texaco, Merrill Lynch, Boeing, Paine Weber, Starbucks and many more.

DID YOU KNOW?: Did you know that Mexico regularly intercedes on the side of the defense in criminal cases involving Mexican nationals? Did you know that Mexico has NEVER extradited a Mexican national accused of murder in the U.S. in spite of agreements to do so? According to the L.A. Times, Orange County, California is home to 275 gangs with 17,000 members; 98% of which are Mexican and Asian. How's your county doing?

According to a New York Times article dated May 19, 1994, 20 years after the great influx of legal immigrants from Southeast Asia< /ST1:PLACE>, 30% are still on welfare compare! d to 8% of households nationwide. A Wall Street Journal editorial dated December 5, 1994 quotes law enforcement officials as stating that Asian mobsters are the "greatest criminal challenge the country faces." Not bad for a group that is still under 5% of the population. Is education important to you? Here are the words of a teacher who spent over 20 years in the Los Angeles School system. "Imagine teachers in classes containing 30-40 students of widely varying attention spans and motivation, many of whom aren't fluent in English. Educators seek learning materials likely to reach the majority of students and that means fewer words and math problems and more pictures and multicultural references."

WHEN I WAS YOUNG: When I was young, I remember hearing about the immigrants that came through Ellis Island. They wanted to learn English. They wanted to breath free. They wanted to become Americans. Now too many immigrants come here with demands. They demand to be taught in their own language. They demand special privileges--affirmative action. They demand ethnic studies that glorify their culture. HOW CAN YOU HELP?:

Send copies of this letter to at least two other people, 100 would be even better. Help us get the word out.

California Coalition for Immigration Reform

5942 Edinger, Suite 113-117 Huntington Beach, CA 92649 Phone 714 921 7142 Date: 4/5/2006

8 posted on 04/21/2006 4:32:10 PM PDT by RAY
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9 posted on 04/21/2006 5:34:46 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Tagline Repair Service. Let us fix those broken Taglines. Inquire within(Presented by TagLines R US))
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10 posted on 04/22/2006 3:13:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (
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