Last Saturday, the The Battle of San Jacinto was reenacted 182 years after that day with the same results: the largest land mass ever secured from a single 20 minute battle won, from Antonio Lopez De Santa Anna, by an army of irregulars numbering about 900 total, against a left behind battalion of 1400 regulars that had been in an army of about 9,000, chasing the irregulars over much of Texas. Sam Houston outwitted the “Napoleon of the West” by allowing Anna to believe the Texans would not present battle.
Houston was wounded in the ankle; acting President of the Revolutionary Republic of Texas, David Burnet, ordered that Houston be abandoned on the field with his wound. Decent individuals loaded him onto a New Orleans bound ship and he survived. Later in 1836, Sam Houston would become President of the Republic of Texas, followed by a hero of the battle Mirabeau Lamar in 1838; following Lamar, anti-slavery Houston would be President again. Henry Smith was the first elected president, in 1835, before the revolution was won, but impeached in January 1836. James Robinson lasted from January 1836 until March.
“God Bless Texas, Remember the Alamo, Remember Goliad.”