The Bexar Remonstrance

Flag of Coahuila y Tejas

On December 19, 1832, the residents of San Antonio became the first to hint at independence, presenting a list of grievances to the legislature of their Mexican state, Coahuila y Tejas. The document they presented, the Bexar Remonstrance, was signed by Jose Angel Navarro who was alcalde (similar to the office of mayor) of San Antonio. Residents objected to an 1830 law banning immigration Read More

Lawrence Sullivan “Sul” Ross

Sul Ross

Another Texas General, Laurence Sullivan Ross, assumed command on December 16, 1863 of a brigade formed from the 3rd, 6th, 9th and 27th Texas Cavalry regiments to become a unit known as Ross's Brigade.   Lawrence Sullivan "Sul" Ross Sul Ross wasn't born in Texas. He was born in Iowa, but he "got here as quick as he could." His father, Shapley Prince Ross, moved the family Read More

The Celebrated Second United States Cavalry Regiment

Hood and Johnston

In 1855 the US Congress approved four new regiments. One, the Second United States Cavalry Regiment, was specifically organized for service on the Texas frontier. They arrived in Texas on December 15, 1855. John Bell Hood and Albert Sydney Johnston The officers of the Second Cavalry were hand-picked by Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. The elite regiment was therefore known as Read More

The Red Rovers Came Over

Red Rovers

On this day in 1835, a 70 military volunteers calling themselves the Red Rovers (after their red uniforms) left Alabama bound for Texas to join the Revolution. After an inspection by Stephen F. Austin in New Orleans, the company finally reached Texas in January 1836 and were assigned to Goliad where they fought in the Battle of Coleto. Their unit was surrendered with the rest Read More

Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar

Mirabeau B. Lamar

December 10, 1838 was supposed to be the day Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar was inaugurated as the second president of the Republic of Texas...and it WAS...sorta...only Lamar never showed up. (Photo used with permission of Texian Press) The proceedings went rather unusually. First Lamar's predecessor, Sam Houston, appeared in colonial costume complete with powdered wig to give a Read More

Happy Birthday, Mission Concepcion!

Mission Concepcion

On this day 259 years ago in 1755, San Antonio's beautiful Mission Concepcion was dedicated--though at the time it was not "in" San Antonio. It was one of a chain of 5 missions reaching out to the native Americans who lived along the San Antonio River, its two soaring bell towers a landmark and its 45-in-thick walls providing safety and a cool respite. The solidity and beauty of the Read More

Texas Revolutionary Army Launches Assault on San Antonio

A Cry-pb

The Mexican dictator, General Santa Anna, charged his cousin, General Martin Perfecto de Cos, with control of the key city of San Antonio de Bexar and gave him 570 men to hold it. On Dec. 5, 1835, the Texas revolutionary army launched an assault on the Mexican garrison at San Antonio. More than 300 volunteers led by Ben Milam and William Gordon Cooke attacked the town in two Read More

Armstrong-Browning Library

Armstrong Browning Library

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways..." (Robert Browning wrote a famous version of The Pied Piper of Hamelin) Baylor's Armstrong Browning Library houses the world's largest collection of the works and artifacts of poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning--over 2000 personal letters and other manuscripts as well as all the first editions of both poets and most of the Read More

Famous Texan – Mary Martin

Mary Martin

I don't often "take a pass", but today I am scheduled to co-host an online book tour event at Christian Indie Books. Fortunately, actress Mary Martin was born on this day--December 1, 1913--in Weatherford, Texas. It was so considerate of her to provide a blog post for today that will be short, sweet, and interesting! Mary was a spunky little girl, singing from the town Read More

The FIRST Thanksgiving

Juan de Onate

Happy Thanksgiving! ...but... Did you know the very FIRST Thanksgiving on American soil was NOT at Plymouth Colony in 1620, but 22 years earlier in Texas in April 1598? Explorer Don Juan de Oñate led his expedition across the Rio Grande and paused on that date in what is now El Paso to rest and thank God for their safety thus far. You can read more about it Read More