Texana-Remember Goliad TB05
Friday, May 13, 2011
Texas, United States
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About This Item
Presidio La Bahia Dog Tag. In the spring of 2011 the bug owner made a side trip to the Presidio La Bahia in Goliad, Texas. The Presidio is a fortification established in 1749. The appended church is the Mission Espíritu Santo. It has been owned by the Catholic Church since 1853 and is currently operated by the Catholic Diocese of Victoria, Texas.
During the Texas Revolution, Col. James Walker Fannin, with about 400 soldiers, mostly volunteers from the United States, occupied the presidio. The travel bug shows a representation of the flag that flew over the fort, a severed arm with a curved sabre. During the seige at the Alamo, Col. Travis asked for aid, but Fannin declined. After the Alamo fell on March 6, 1836, Fannin was ordered by Texas Gen. Sam Houston to retreat from Goliad to Victoria because word had been received that a large Mexican army was on the way to his location.
However, Fannin had invested a good bit of effort in reinforcing the fortification and was seemingly reluctant to leave. He dithered too long before finally departing and on March 19, the heavy Mexican force of Gen. Urrea surrounded the Texas contingent near Coleto Creek, only a few miles from the presidio. Bitter fighting ensued. Fannin's volunteers initially hurled back the assaults of the Mexican force. On the following day, faced with several times their number, the Texans surrendered in the belief they would be treated as prisoners of war of a civilized nation. The prisoners were taken back to the presidio. There, a few days later, under orders from Gen. Santa Anna, the Fannin men were marched out and slaughtered. Thus Santa Anna added another infamy to that of the Alamo and gave to the men who saved Texas at San Jacinto their battle cry, "Remember the Alamo, remember Goliad."
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