Battle of Nacogdoches

Battle of Nacogdoches (HMJQJ)

Location: Nacogdoches, TX 75961 Nacogdoches County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 36.174', W 94° 39.276'

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(August 2, 1832)

One of the opening actions of the Texas War for Independence, this battle occurred soon after settlers drove out the Mexican garrisons at Anahuac and Velasco. In 1932 Col. Jose De las Piedras, in command of over 300 soldiers here, ordered the residents to surrender all firearms. Citizens of Nacogdoches and other East Texas towns resisted by forming the "National Militia," commanded by James W. Bullock.

When Piedras refused to support the constitution of 1824, the militia marched toward the Mexicans on the square and the Mexicans opened fire. In hand-to-hand combat, the militia took the stone fort and several nearby structures, but the Mexicans continued to hold Piedras' headquarters in the red house. Adolphus Sterne showed San Augustine "Redlanders" how to outflank the Mexicans. Piedras' men fled during the night and were captured August 3 by militiamen near Loco Creek. Fighting ended after the Mexicans arrested their leader at John Durst's home. A peace treaty was signed on August 6. Piedras lost 47 men. Four Texans died, including the Alcalde of Nacogodches, Encarnacion Chireno. Because of this incident, Mexican troops were never again stationed in East Texas, leaving settlers free to meet and air their grievances.
Marker Number9252_MARKER_
Year Placed1979
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 7:40pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 343034 N 3497609
Decimal Degrees31.60290000, -94.65460000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 36.174', W 94° 39.276'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 36' 10.44" N, 94° 39' 16.56" W
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Area Code(s)936, 903
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 99 S Fredonia St, Nacogdoches TX 75961, US
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