Fannin Battleground State Historic Site
About 17 Miles Southwest of Victoria on US-59, make a left turn and go another mile on farm road #2506, to the 13.6 acre Fannin Battleground State Historic Site.
On this spot , March 20, 1836, during the Texas Revolution, Col. J. W. Fannin surrendered along with 284 of his men after the Battle of Coleto. They gave themselves up to Mexican General Jose Urrea and expected to be treated honorably as prisoners-of-war. Other Texas soliders were also rounded up in the area for a total prisoner count of 370. Mexican President/General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna overuled the local Mexican commander's petition for clemency and ordered all of the men executed.
About a week after their capture, on Palm Sunday, 342 prisoners-of-war were declared traitors/pirates and massacred near what is now Goliad State Park. Twenty-eight men escaped. The bodies of the slain were stripped and left on the ground unburied. This was more than twice the number of men who had died at the Alamo just three weeks earlier. As word of the massacre spread, Texans embraced the battle cry, "Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!"and vowed to win the war for Texan Independence.