Texan Capture of Mexican Dispatches

Texan Capture of Mexican Dispatches (HMO01)

Location: Bellaire, TX 77401 Harris County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 42.345', W 95° 27.867'

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The San Jacinto Campaign in Southwest Harris County

After the fall of the Alamo on March 6, 1836, Gen. Sam Houston led the Texan Army in retreat from Gonzales. The Mexican army under Gen. Santa Anna followed eastward from San Antonio. On April 14, while Houston's army was north of him, Santa Anna led a division of his army from the Brazos River near present Richmond to Harrisburg. He crossed present southwest Harris County, then an uninhabited prairie, and reached Harrisburg (12 miles east of this site) on April 15. The Mexicans burned Harrisburg on April 17 and continued marching east.

Houston's army, arriving at Buffalo Bayou opposite Harrisburg on April 18, found the town in ruins, but did not know the whereabouts of the Mexican army. That day, Texan scouts led by Erastus "Deaf" Smith captured three Mexicans, including Capt. Miguel Bachiller, a courier, and a guide in this vicinity. The prisoners and their dispatches revealed the location, size, and plans of the Mexican army. With this vital intelligence, Houston intercepted Santa Anna's March on April 20 and defeated his division with a surprise attack on April 21 at the San Jacinto River. The Battle of San Jacinto ended the Texas Revolution and secured the independent Republic of Texas.
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HM NumberHMO01
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Year Placed1989
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 12:09pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 261573 N 3288722
Decimal Degrees29.70575000, -95.46445000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 42.345', W 95° 27.867'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 42' 20.70" N, 95° 27' 52.02" W
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Area Code(s)713, 281
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-129 N 2nd St, Bellaire TX 77401, US
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