This series of posts celebrates Texas: The Beginning, a field trip resource for lovers of Texas history. The Battle of Gonzales on October 2, 1835 was a small skirmish, really. Only 18 men with a tiny cannon. Only one Mexican soldier was killed. But it only takes a spark to start a forest fire when the tinder is dry! Because Texans did not trust their government, the shots fired on
Texas: The Beginning is the brainchild of a small group of history buffs and influential businessmen who have come together to preserve the historical important of Gonzales as a prequel to the Alamo. They tell “the rest of the story”, and it’s a fascinating beginning, indeed! Please consider this field trip resource as a possible "Stay-cation" for your history-loving family! :)
May 18, 1855 was the birthday of John “Bet-a-Million” Gates. John Gates came to San Antonio as barbed wire salesman in 1876, but Texans were reluctant to believe the fine wire could contain rough and hardy longhorn cattle.Gates got permission to fence the town square with his new barbed wire. Billing the demonstration as entertainment, he offered $10 to anyone whose cattle could break
Texas won its independence from Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto on 21 April 1836. It wasn’t official, though, until 14 May 1836. That’s the day that two treaties were signed in Velasco by ad interim president of the Texas Republic David G. Burnet and Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna. One was published immediately, but the other was a “secret” treaty.
If you're still sitting on the fence about attending one of this summer's THSC Conventions, please let me attempt to sway you by telling you about Featured Speaker Rick Green, founder of The Patriot Academy, an elite training program for our nation's future leaders. Rick Green and his family bring history to life as they empower other families to live their freedom and restore the
There's an old saying: "Those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it!" A recent conversation comparing the Texas Revolution to certain events in international politics provided a timely and important illustration of this principle.
There are several interesting footnotes to the Texas Revolution. One concerns the "Twin Sisters."
If I may be blunt, Santa Anna was not only a murderous and immoral loser but a coward as well.
Houston began with approximately 1200 Texians in his volunteer army, but after the slaughter at the Alamo and the Goliad massacre, approximately 400 deserted him to get their families to safety in the runaway scrape. He might have hoped for a larger force, but this number represents 2%-3% of Texas population of 38,500 in 1836, which is only a little less that the proportion who normally
Most Texans are familiar with the song The Yellow Rose of Texas made popular by Roy Rogers in a 1944 movie of the same name. There is a very good case for believing that Emily West (Morgan) was the storied “Yellow Rose of Texas”, but a fair depiction of that lady is a good example of why I am a stickler for original source documents–first-hand eye-witness accounts of historical