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Any of you Texas eggers know what today is?

wannabebackinTexaswannabebackinTexas Posts: 162
edited 6:53PM in EggHead Forum
April 21, 1836.

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  • FiretruckFiretruck Posts: 2,678
    "Remember the Alamo"
  • BurntRawBurntRaw Posts: 565
    For today we have:

    Independence Hero Tiradentes Brazil
    John Muir Day United States of America
    Kartini Day Indonesia
    Kindergarten Day Germany
    National Tree Planting Day Kenya
    Queen's Birthday Falkland Islands
    Queen's Birthday (actual date) United Kingdom
    San Jacinto Day (Texas) United States of America
    International Creativity and Innovation Day International

    First day of Ridvan (Declaration of Bahaullah) Baha'i
    Passover Judaism

    That's it! Happy Birthday, Queen.
  • McSmokeMcSmoke Posts: 5
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  • WMKWMK Posts: 1,747
    Firetruck,

    The siege of the Alamo lasted 13 days. Tuesday February 23 - Sunday March 6, 1836. So, April 21 is pretty close, and the year is right, but just a bit late for "Remember the Alamo" it seems.
  • April 21, 1836

    Sam Houston and the meager army of Texas retreated eastword following the fall of the Alamo in the spring of 1836. The troops were becoming increasingly impatient, however, by the time they reached Buffalo Bayou, a few miles souteast of present day Houston.

    On the morning of April 19, the Texans crossed over and marched down the right bank of Buffalo Bayou to within half a mile of it's confluence with the San Jacinto River. Here, the army prepared their defenses on the edge of a grove of trees. Their rear was protected by timber and the bayou, while before them was open prairie.

    On the following morning, Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna came marching across the prairie in full battle array. A volley from the Texans' "Twin Sisters" artillery brought him to a sudden halt. Falling back to a clump of trees a quarter of a mile distant, Santa Anna formed a line of battle. Colonel Sidney Sherman, at the head of the Texas Cavalry, charged the Mexican Army, but accomplished little except to inspire the Texans with fresh enthusiasm for the following day.

    The 21st of April dawned bright and beautiful. The main forces of the Texas Army were there, totaling about 750 men. They faced over 1500 of the enemy, secure and flushed with pride at the offense they had enjoyed for the previous weeks against the Texans. Early in the morning, Houstion sent Deaf Smith, the celebrated Texas spy, with two or three men, to destroy Vince's bridge over witch the Mexican Army had passed, thus cutting off their only available escape.

    When Houston's long awaited order to advance was given, the Texans did not hesitate. When within seventy yards the word "fire" was given, the Texans shouts of "Remember the Alamo" and "remember Goliad" rang along the entire line. Within a short time, 700 Mexicans were slain, with another 730 taken as prisoners. The Battle for Texas was won.

    A panel on the side of the monument at San Jacinto today underscores the importance of the battle after more than a century and a half of reflection: "Measured by its results, San Jacinto was one of the most decisive battles of the world. The freedom of Texas from Mexico won here led to annexation and to the Mexican War, resulting in the acquisition by the United States of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah and parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma. Almost on-third of the present are of the American nation, nearly a million square miles of territory, changed sovereignty"
  • Austin SmokerAustin Smoker Posts: 1,467
    Awesome mastery of the facts behind San Jacinto Day!
  • ChubbyChubby Posts: 2,956
    Here's a shot from one of the other panels on the Monument...I thought this was cool!!

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    Evans
    I spent most of my money on good bourbon, and bad women...the rest, I just wasted!!
  • PopsiclePopsicle Posts: 519
    Amen on the History lesson. Popsicle
    Willis Tx.
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