Massacre at Goliad

On March 19, 1836, a force of approximately 350 Texans under Colonel James Fannin, near Goliad, Texas, found themselves under attack by 900 Mexican troops under General Jose Urrea.  The initial attacks by the Mexicans were beaten off, with the Texans suffering about 60 casualties while inflicting about 200 on the Mexican force.  Surrounded and without water, the Texans surrendered on the morning of March 20, 1836.  The Texans were taken to Goliad by the Mexicans. 

General Santa Anna was furious that the Texans had been allowed to surrender and ordered their execution.  This was carried out on Palm Sunday, March 27, with a few Texans being able to escape by running away.   They carried the news of this atrocity to an enraged Texas.  On April 21, 1836 at the battle of San Jacinto, the Texan troops who routed Santa Anna’s army went into battle shouting:  “Remember the Alamo!  Remember Goliad!”

Published in: on August 31, 2010 at 5:30 am  Comments (3)  
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  1. […] To crush the insurgent Texans, Santa Anna had assembled a force of 6000 men, far outnumbering any conceivable force that the Texans could bring against him.  After taking the Alamo at San Antonio and putting all the defenders to the sword on March 6, his right wing under General Urrea briefly engaged and caused the surrender of approximately 350 Texan volunteers under James Fannin.  The Texans surrendered.  Santa Anna order the execution of the Texan prisoners, an order which General Urrea initially resisted carrying out this order since it violated the terms under which the Texans had surrendered.  Santa Anna confirmed the order and the reluctant Urrea had the prisoners massacred on Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836. […]

  2. It is interesting/compelling that so many massacres are incomplete and have the reverse effect on the human spirit. Either victims escape in the initial event or participants can’t live with the guilt and confess the deed.
    Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Gal. 6:7 comes to mind as appropriate.
    In Christ
    Dennis McCutcheon

  3. Amen Dennis. God always judges in the end, and, in purely human terms, nothing could have angered the Texans more, or made them fight harder, than the massacre at Goliad. Santa Anna was stupid as well as evil.

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