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Stephen-KarenConn Says: Just south of town, the 178-acre Goliad State Park maintains the 1749 reconstructed Mission Espiritu Santo, and as an interpreted archeological site, the ruins of Mission Nuestra Senora del Rosario. Along with the nearby Presidio La Bahia, it comprises one of North America's...
Stephen-KarenConn Says: This humble reconstructed dwelling marks the birthplace of Gereral Ignacio Zaragoza, the Mexican hero who rallied the rag-tag Mexican army and defeated Napoleon's French forces at Puebla, May 5, 1862, securing Mexico's independence. He is regarded as the father of Cinco de...
Stephen-KarenConn Says: The walled bastion Presidio La Bahia, a National Historic Landmark, is operated by the Catholic Diocese of Victoria, and stands across the San Antonio River from Mission Expiritu Santo. Both were built in 1749, and together they represent one of North America's few surviving...
Stephen-KarenConn Says: We discovered Goliad somewhat by accident, and we fell in love with it at first sight. Walking through the streets of this old town is like taking a stroll through the set of a western movie. Courthouse Square is on the National Register of Historic Places, and many of the...
"Victims of treachery's brutal stroke,
They died to break the tyrant's yoke."
--from the monument
The battle fought near Coleto Creek in Goliad County on March 19 and 20, 1836, was one of the most significant engagements of the Texas Revolution. It was a strategic victory for the Mexican army, but the infamous aftermath inspired a Texan battle cry in their decisive victory at San Jacinto, just one month later.
Colonel James W. Fannin led his army of 400 men eastward out of the protective walls of Presidio La Bahia on the morning of March 19, 1836. Caught in the open prarie by General Jose Urrea's Mexican troops, the Texans were forced to surrender. On Palm Sunday, March 27, the prisoners were marched out of the presidio and shot. Their dead bodies were partially burned and left on the ground. Almost three months later, Texas troops arrived and gathered the remains which were buried with full military honors.
IN 1914, the State of Texas built a gray-granite monument on thirteen acres donated to mark and preserve the battlefield site. The land became Fannin Battleground State Historical Park in 1965. It is located 9 miles east of Goliad on US-59, then less than one mile south on farm road #2506.
Updated Apr 12, 2004