Happy San Jacinto Day to one and all.
As the final clash in the war for Texas Independence, the Battle of San Jacinto has become even more significant over time for so many more reasons than mere historical marker. Battles against tyranny, autocratic despotism and infringement of liberty are ever new – not only in America, but around the globe – and require ever more vigilance, courage, and dedication. San Jacinto Day reminds all of us to remain true to freedom and to always pursue independence and justice.
(Via Wikipedia) The Battle of San Jacinto, fought on April 21, 1836, in present-day Harris County, Texas, was the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution. Led by General Sam Houston, the Texian Army engaged and defeated General Antonio López de Santa Anna’s Mexican army in a fight that lasted just 18 minutes. About 630 of the Mexican soldiers were killed and 730 captured, while only 9 Texans died.
Santa Anna, the President of Mexico, was captured the following day and held as a prisoner of war. Three weeks later, he signed the peace treaty that dictated that the Mexican army leave the region, paving the way for the Republic of Texas to become an independent country. Sam Houston became a national celebrity, and the Texans’ rallying cries, “Remember the Alamo!” and “Remember Goliad!” became etched into Texas history and legend.