Cortina Battle

Cortina Battle (HMOJR)

Location: Rio Grande City, TX 78582 Starr County
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Country: United States of America
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N 26° 22.733', W 98° 49.202'

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Cortina Battle
Dec 27, 1859
Crushing defeat for partisan leader Juan Cortina who in late 1859 laid waste the lower Rio Grande Valley. Cortina's band of 450 were surprised here at daybreak by Maj. S. B. Heinzelman with U.S. Army troops joined by Texas Rangers recruited by John S. ("Rip") Ford. Cortina fled to Mexico by horseback. Many of his men jumped into the Rio Grande.

Regarrisoning of Ringgold Barracks put end to partisan raids for a time, but with the American Civil War (1861-1865) and Cortina's rise to power in Tamaulipas, raids were renewed until Cortina was removed, 1875.
Year Placed1970
Placed ByThe Texas State Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 10:35am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 517952 N 2917656
Decimal Degrees26.37888333, -98.82003333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 26° 22.733', W 98° 49.202'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds26° 22' 43.98" N, 98° 49' 12.12" W
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Area Code(s)956
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 106 E Main St, Rio Grande City TX 78582, US
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