Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Go Texas!

Today's San Jacinto Day, celebrating the whupping of the Mexican army by the good ol' boys of Texas, way back in 1836. Yee-haw!

Houston retreated from the Mexican army for days, until on April 21, Santa Anna had the Texians cornered between Buffalo Bayou and the San Jacinto River.

Here's the moment of attack, from the oft-true Wikipedia:

The Texan army moved quickly and silently across the high-grass plain, and then, when they were only a few dozen yards away, charged Santa Anna's camp shouting "Remember the Alamo!" and "Remember Goliad!," only stopping a few yards from the Mexicans to open fire. The Texans achieved complete surprise. It was a bold attack in broad daylight but its success can be attributed in good part to Santa Anna's failure to post guards during the army's siesta. Santa Anna's army primarily consisted of professional soldiers, but they were trained to fight in ranks, exchanging volleys with their opponents. The Mexicans were ill-prepared and unarmed at the time of the sudden attack. Most were asleep with their soldaderas, some were out gathering wood and the cavalrymen were riding bareback fetching water. General Manuel Fernández Castrillón desperately tried to mount a semblance of an organized resistance, but was soon shot down and killed. His panicked men and women fled, and Santa Anna's defensive line quickly collapsed.

Sneak attack in broad daylight! What will those Texans think of next?

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