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Texan Capture of Mexican Dispatches

The San Jacinto Campaign in Southwest Harris County

 
 
Texan Capture of Mexican Dispatches Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, May 8, 2010
1. Texan Capture of Mexican Dispatches Marker
Inscription. After the fall of the Alamo on March 6, 1836, Gen. Sam Houston led the Texan Army in retreat from Gonzales. The Mexican army under Gen. Santa Anna followed eastward from San Antonio. On April 14, while Houston's army was north of him, Santa Anna led a division of his army from the Brazos River near present Richmond to Harrisburg. He crossed present southwest Harris County, then an uninhabited prairie, and reached Harrisburg (12 miles east of this site) on April 15. The Mexicans burned Harrisburg on April 17 and continued marching east.

Houston's army, arriving at Buffalo Bayou opposite Harrisburg on April 18, found the town in ruins, but did not know the whereabouts of the Mexican army. That day, Texan scouts led by Erastus "Deaf" Smith captured three Mexicans, including Capt. Miguel Bachiller, a courier, and a guide in this vicinity. The prisoners and their dispatches revealed the location, size, and plans of the Mexican army. With this vital intelligence, Houston intercepted Santa Anna's march on April 20 and defeated his division with a surprise attack on April 21 at the San Jacinto River. The Battle of San Jacinto ended the Texas Revolution and secured the independent Republic of Texas.
 
Erected 1989 by Texas Historical Commission.
 
Location.
Location of Mexican Dispatches Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, May 8, 2010
2. Location of Mexican Dispatches Marker
29° 42.345′ N, 95° 27.867′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on North 2nd Street north of Bellaire Boulevard, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bellaire TX 77401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bellaire Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bellaire Streetcar Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bellaire (approx. 0.3 miles away); Forum of Civics of River Oaks Garden Club (approx. 3.8 miles away); Holcombe House (approx. 4.4 miles away); Holland Lodge No. 1 (approx. 4.7 miles away); St. Paul's United Methodist Church (approx. 4.8 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Houston (approx. 4.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Houston.
 
Also see . . .  Erastus "Deaf" Smith article in the Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on September 19, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
 
Categories. War, Texas Independence
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,145 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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