At mid-afternoon April 21, 1836, two miles to the north, General Sam Houston with about 1,000 Texans in 18 minutes annihilated the 1,400-man army of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, President of Mexico.
Screened by trees and rising ground, Houston's men formed with Edward Burleson's regiment at center, Sidney Sherman's on the left wing, artillery under George W. Hockley on Burleson's right, the infantry under Henry Millard on the right of the artillery. Under M. B. Lamar, a future president of Texas, the cavalry took the extreme right, to cut off possible flight of Mexican troops.
Their 4-piece band playing a popular love song, Will You Come to the Bower, the Texans attacked at a run, crying, Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! Such was their fury that 630 of the enemy were killed, 730 captured. enemy lead shattered Gen. Houston's ankle, but he lost only 9 men killed or mortally wounded and 30 wounded less seriously.
San Jacinto stands as one of the world's greatest victories It gave Texas independence, and with her annexation 9 years later brought into the Union all or parts of Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming.
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|San Jacinto Day, held every year on April 21st, is the celebration of the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.|
It is an official Texas State holiday. A festival commemorating the San Jacinto Battle, which includes a reenactment, is held on the site of the conflict, adjacent to the San Jacinto Monument. The Sabine Volunteers, an East Texas reenactment group, participate in the San Jacinto Reenactment. This group is named for an actual militia group that served during the Texas Revolution. The reenactment has appeared on the History Channel.
See also the San Jacinto Museum of History website for more info about the Battle of San Jacinto and the monument.
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