San Jacinto Day marks 177th anniversary of Texas' independence from Mexico
POSTED: Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 6:19pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 22, 2013 - 5:27pm
Tyler, Tx — It was the spring of 1836 when the war for Texas Independence had reached an all time low. The Alamo had fallen forty-six days earlier and one hundred and eighty-nine soldiers had died. On March 11th Sam Houston took full control of the dwindling Texas army and ordered the entire force to pack up and march east toward the Sabine River and Louisiana border.
In Texas history this march is optimistically known as the "Runaway Scrape" but in reality it took intense planning to come up with the perfect place to attack the superior enemy, Mexico. That afternoon on the field known as San Jacinto, the Texan force of 900 came out and opened fire on the 1300 napping Mexicans. The battle only lasted for approximately eighteen minutes, but it gave Texans their freedom from Mexico.
The following day the president of Mexico, Santa Anna, was captured the following day and held as a prisoner of war. Three weeks later he signed the Velasco Treaty that dictated the Mexican army leave the region, paving the way for the Republic of Texas to become an independent country.