Eighteen minutes. The battle at San Jacinto lasted eighteen minutes and the world changed forever. Texian Army General Sam Houston, 171 years ago, defeated Mexican Army General Antonio López de Santa Anna’s troops, securing Texas independence.
Saturday, April 21, is the anniversary of that 1836 final battle for independence, resulting in the nine years of the Republic of Texas. In December
1945 1845, Texas became the 28th state to join the Union.
Saturday, visitors can walk around the battleground filled with the re-enactment soldiers, camped as they were on that day.
The San Jacinto Museum has a great website with pages and pages of information about that time period of Texas history, culminating in the April 21st battle. If you love history, and want to learn more about this event, you have to visit the website.
The San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment on Saturday, April 21, is an independence celebration of Texas’ famous Battle of San Jacinto and the enduring spirit of Texas. The admission-free San Jacinto Day Festival takes place from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on the 1,200-acre San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site at the San Jacinto Monument, with a full day of music, entertainment, food, games and fun set amidst living history.
The most popular event of the day is the battle reenactment, one of the largest in the state. The battle begins at 3 p.m. – complete with cannons, muskets, horses, pyrotechnics and hundreds of reenactors – replicating the Runaway Scrape (Texians gathering the few belongings they could to flee the advancing forces of Santa Anna,) the march of the Texas army from Gonzales to San Jacinto, the cannon duel, and the final battle between the two forces. The reenactment ends with the surrender of Mexican Army General Santa Anna to Texian Army General Sam Houston, followed by the laying of wreaths to honor the sacrifices of both armies. This is truly one of the most important battles of American history. On April 21, 1836 – in 18 short minutes – General Sam Houston led his Texian soldiers to victory over the Mexican Army, officially securing Texas’ independence from Mexico and eventually leading to the addition of one million square miles to the United States. This year will also mark the 100th anniversary of the battleground being the first state park in Texas.