Battle of San Jacinto Commemorative Ceremony
Fri, April 21, 2017
Celebrate the 181st Anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto
On the morning of April 21st, 1836, General Houston held a council of war. The majority of his officers voted to await Santa Anna’s attack in order to leverage their position. He let each man in the council plead his case. Then, he made a decision, which he kept to himself until that afternoon: they would attack. Around 4:30 PM, the Mexican soldiers awoke to the smell of gunpowder and cries of vengeance. Flushed with a sense of victory from the siege of the Alamo, Santa Anna had failed to post sentries to monitor the Texians’ activities.
Eighteen minutes was all it took for the Texians to take control of the Mexican camp.
Over 600 Mexican soldiers were killed while more than 700 were allowed to surrender. Only nine Texians were killed or mortally wounded. Sam Houston had two horses shot out from under him and was himself shot in the ankle. Santa Anna was found the next day hiding in the grass dressed as a common foot soldier. This decisive battle of the Texas Revolution won Texas its independence from Mexico.
Come celebrate the 181st Anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto at the official ceremony commemorating the battle. The ceremony will be held at 11:00 AM on the northeast side of the San Jacinto Monument terrace on Friday, April 21st.
In the event of rain, the ceremony will take place at the Jesse H. Jones Theater within the San Jacinto Monument. Admission to this event is free.