Saturday, April 21, 2012

Swift Victory at San Jacinto Wins Texas Independence

The 18-minute battle that gave birth to the proud state of Texas still stands as a testament to the tenacity of our fearless forefathers. Their victory and our debt of gratitude turn 176 years old today.

Driven by a fierce desire for independence from Mexico – and fueled further by revenge following the massacre at Goliad and the fall of the Alamo – Texas freedom fighters claimed a swift and decisive victory at the Battle of San Jacinto. Led by Gen. Sam Houston and rallying beneath battle cries of “Remember Goliad!” and “Remember the Alamo!” Texas fighters staged a successful surprise attack against Santa Anna’s Mexican forces. So swift was the attack in modern-day Harris County that some 650 Mexican fatalities were counted alongside only nine fallen Texans. Another 700-plus Mexican soldiers were taken prisoner, and Santa Anna himself was captured the following day.  

Freedom is something Americans hold dear. As you enjoy this monumental day in our great state’s history, please also remember the Alamo, remember Goliad and remember the blood, bravery and sacrifice that won freedom for the Lone Star State.

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