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Posted: 4/20/2016 6:17:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/21/2016 1:42:45 AM EDT by dangerdan]
The day Texas kicked Mexico's ass.

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.

Santa Anna, the President of Mexico, was captured and surrendered 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. These treaties did not specifically recognize Texas as a sovereign nation, but stipulated that Santa Anna was to lobby for such recognition in Mexico City. Sam Houston became a national celebrity, and the Texans' rallying cries from events of the war, "Remember the Alamo!" and "Remember Goliad!," became etched into Texan history and legend.

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"We view ourselves on the eve of battle. We are nerved for the contest, and must conquer or perish. It is vain to look for present aid: none is at hand. We must now act or abandon all hope! Rally to the standard, and be no longer the scoff of mercenary tongues! Be men, be free men, that your children may bless their father's name."

- Sam Houston on the eve of the Battle of San Jacinto
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 6:20:59 PM EDT
Great grandfather x however many fought there. One of only less than a dozen men to do so and sign the TX decleration of indpendence. My great uncle went in 1936 for the 100th year anniversary. State paid for him to make the trip on the train and it was the first time he left the county he was born in.

I might live long enough to make it to the 200th anniversary, maybe.
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Good stuff, OP. If the stories behind Texas history don't make your blood boil to fight for freedom, then you're just waiting around to die.

Link Posted: 4/20/2016 6:36:02 PM EDT
It's nice when they remember a battle that actually won.
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Remember the Alamo, remember Goliad.

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Great uncle x several was Cpt. William Jones Elliot Heard. He led Company F of the 1st Regt. of Texas Volunteers at San Jacinto




He is buried at the Chappell Hill Masonic Cemetery. There are also markers in Egypt County about the Heard-Northington Plantation.





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Awesome place to visit!

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Yet it's losing the Mexican invasion.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 7:11:21 PM EDT
I remember!
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 7:23:25 PM EDT
Seems like yer due for another one
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Thanks for the new desk top background & thank you OP for posting this. I am ashamed as a proud Texan who has seen almost all of the state that I've never visited the monument. I know where I'll be making a road trip to this summer
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Originally Posted By Medicfrost:
Yet it's losing the Mexican invasion.
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My family became Mexican citizens when they showed up in 1830. We didn't stay that way, but we were.
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I went across Lynch's Ferry a few months ago in some pretty heavy weather. Having waves break over the hood of your car and having to balance the ferry while loading was pretty hairy.
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So far.
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My wife and I are both descended from veterans of that battle. They fought on different sides though.

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Those of us with long time Arkansas families still talk of it. We sent a few boys down there to catch lead for the cause.

If thick ever got to being thin again, there would be lots of Arkansas boys headed southwest again. As much as we have a love/hate relationship with Texas, the Love is (only just barely) stronger than the hate.

Loves me some Texas, but the Alamo just wouldn't have been the same without an Arkansas Toothpick and the fellow who created them
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I went there last January, saw the uss Texas and the battle site. The museum was great and going to the top of the obelisk was breathtaking.


Good stuff!
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Good share
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I'll drink a shot of Cuervo to that!
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He'll yeah! Too many people forget Goliad.
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Originally Posted By BUCC_Guy:
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Good shitting.

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I have been! And yes, it is badass!
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How far is Bray's Bayou and the Astrodome from this site?
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Its whiskey and George Strait day already?
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Time to dig up ol Sam because they're taking it back.
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Originally Posted By jestice75:
Time to dig up ol Sam because they're taking it back.
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No, they aren't.
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The odd part is this week is Fiesta in San Antonio. I want you to think about something; Fiesta is a celebration of throwing the Mexicans out of Texas.
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Oh, that is a sweet photo. I visited the USS Texas last year in October... it's a neat place to go check out.
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Originally Posted By Kanati:
Those of us with long time Arkansas families still talk of it. We sent a few boys down there to catch lead for the cause.

If thick ever got to being thin again, there would be lots of Arkansas boys headed southwest again. As much as we have a love/hate relationship with Texas, the Love is (only just barely) stronger than the hate.

Loves me some Texas, but the Alamo just wouldn't have been the same without an Arkansas Toothpick and the fellow who created them
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Thanks, y'all! Arkansas gets a bad rap in most places... it's an amazingly beautiful state. A buddy of mine and I did a road trip up into AR a couple years back.. went to Hot Springs, up to Branson (yeah, I know that's in Missouri) and then to Eureka Springs. Did the hot baths in Hot Springs... I've NEVER felt so clean before! We also stopped by the Crater of Diamonds, but didn't do any digging. Such a beautiful state!
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Originally Posted By NathanL:
Great grandfather x however many fought there. One of only less than a dozen men to do so and sign the TX decleration of indpendence. My great uncle went in 1936 for the 100th year anniversary. State paid for him to make the trip on the train and it was the first time he left the county he was born in.

I might live long enough to make it to the 200th anniversary, maybe.
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My father's mother's maiden name is Houston, late of the Sam Houston's
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Originally Posted By michauxii:
How far is Bray's Bayou and the Astrodome from this site?
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25 miles from the dome
30 minute car ride
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Originally Posted By KiowaCreekRaider:

My father's mother's maiden name is Houston, late of the Sam Houston's
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Originally Posted By KiowaCreekRaider:
Originally Posted By NathanL:
Great grandfather x however many fought there. One of only less than a dozen men to do so and sign the TX decleration of indpendence. My great uncle went in 1936 for the 100th year anniversary. State paid for him to make the trip on the train and it was the first time he left the county he was born in.

I might live long enough to make it to the 200th anniversary, maybe.

My father's mother's maiden name is Houston, late of the Sam Houston's

He got a land grant at spindletop. You know. The place where the term gusher was coined lol. I would have loved to held onto that. If you look at the surveys east of Houston to the state line they all have his name on them. Rather have that land and the mineral rights. Still have letters he wrote to his brother who stayed in Alabama. He talked of the comanche problems they were experiencing so hold off on bringing the family.
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Originally Posted By jestice75:
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They're certainly trying, with a LOT of help from traitors in DC, but it's not taken back yet!
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they were real men with real purpose. I was born in the wrong century.
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" I Applaud Your Courage But Damn Your Manners"

Long Live Texas.
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Originally Posted By Medicfrost:
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Only because we haven't seceded from a worthless federal government... yet.
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