Sam Houston's Texas Army has on the move for almost two weeks, but their progress has been slow due to heavy rains that had swollen each creek that must be crossed and reduced the roads to mud. (Remember 1836 was an unusually cold year!) On March 27 they will arrive at San Felipe de Austin--the colony granted to Moses Austin and set up by his son, Stephen F. Austin. Until very
I have been remiss! Allow me to amend the record of Texas Road to Revolution. Because we celebrate March 2 as Texas Independence Day, it's easy to overlook a very important event that happened on March 1, 1836--the arrival of the ONLY responders to Col. William B. Travis' urgent letter of appeal, 32 brave souls from the small town of Gonzales, home of the "Come and Take It" flag and the
While Travis, Crockett, and Bowie were penned up inside the Alamo, other Texas patriots met at Washington-on-the-Brazos to draft and sign Texas' Declaration of Independence. They appointed Sam Houston as General of the Texas Army. When the Alamo fell, Sam Houston was in Gonzales, just to the east, gathering his army. He sent Erastus "Deaf" Smith back toward San Antonio to spy out
March 6th is a somber day for Texans. On this day in 1836 the Mexican president Santa Anna--who had recently tossed out the Constitution, declared himself dictator, and set out with military force to disarm the people of Mexico--attacked his own citizens in the besieged Alamo mission, killing almost everyone inside. It was a horrendous injustice, but the Alamo defenders held out
Father Miguel Hidalgo’s admirers–or maybe his enemies–nicknamed him “El Zorro” (the fox). Though Hidalgo was not the inspiration for the fictional hero of that name (who supposedly lived in California), the true “Zorro” may be even more legendary.
If you homeschool in the Central Texas area or in the Hill Country, we'd love to see you at the 26th Annual FEAST Home School Convention in San Antonio this weekend, June 9-11!
Here are some holiday displays you won’t want to miss! November 25-December 31 A feature city in the annual Trail of Lights that reaches through the Pineywoods into northern Louisiana, the Wonderland of Lights in Marshall, Texas is the granddaddy of them all! Crowned with over 10 million lights, the display begins when Santa Clause arrives at 5:30 the night before Thanksgiving.
Since the first shot of the Texas Revolution was fired in Gonzales, Texas, it is perhaps fitting that it was also in Gonzales, Texas that Sam Houston gathered his army. After the Convention of 1836 declared Texas independent at Washington-on-the-Brazos, they appointed Houston Major General of the Texas Republican Army. Houston arrived in Gonzales on March 11, 1836 to organize his
Susannah Dickenson is one of Gonzales' best known citizens, and one whose story has long intrigued me. Born in Tennessee about 1814, little is known about Susanna Wilkerson until she married Almaron Dickinson on May 24, 1829. She was only 15 years old; he, 28. Within two years, the young couple was on their way to Texas where Almaron was granted a league of land on the San Marcos
Green DeWitt received permission from the Mexican government to establish a colony of 400 families in Texas in 1825, making him an empresario, but it was seven years later before the selected town site of Gonzales was surveyed. The city plan, laid out and approved in Mexico City, was typical of colonial Mexican towns. Main avenues, named in honor of Catholic saints, were arranged