Vol 8, No 79
March 19, 1836
Fannin defeated outside Goliad
Born This Date
Lynda Bird Johnson born to Lyndon and Lady Bird
On this date in 1944, Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson had their first child, Lynda Bird Johnson.
Battle of Coleto Creek
On this date in 1836, Texans, commanded by Colonel James Fannin, having left the protection of the mission at Goliad, were defeated in an open field battle by Mexican Federal troops under General José Urrea. One week later, every prisoners held by Urrea were executed under order of Santa Anna.
Texians never forgot the massacre of their captured brotheren, and the cry of "Remember Goliad!" led Texians into battle. Santa Anna's cruelty was again exhibited following the Battle at the Alamo, when the few surviving Texians, were captured, including Davy Crockett, and then executed.
LaSalle is killed without finding the Mississippi
On this date in 1687, while on a second trip from Fort St Louis near the Matagorda Bay, Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de LaSalle was killed by by Pierre Duhaut, one of his followers disenchanted by the many failures and set backs of the LaSalle Expedition. The murder occured near the present Trinity River, in what would become Grimes or Cherokee counties.
Indian Affairs Desk
Indians Outraged as Peace Team Slaughtered
SAN ANTONIO (1840)
On this date in 1940 in San Antonio, 30 Comanche leaders, together with women and children are killed after traveling to San Antonio to negotiate a prisoner exchanged. The battle, called the Council House Fight, enrages Comanches and leads to the increased violence along the frontier.
Santa Anna overthows Iturbide in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY (1823)
On this date in 1823, Don Agustin Iturbide who had overthrown the Spanish Government and established himself as Emperor of Mexico, was himself overthrown by Mexican Federalists under Santa Anna. A governing commission is then established with a new Constitution is promised. By January 1824, pieces of the new Constitution are enacted into law, and by October 1824, the completed new Constitution becomes law.