“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Cypress in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Matthew Burnett Homesite

Texas Army Camp - April 16, 1836

Matthew Burnett Homesite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, July 4, 2004
1. Matthew Burnett Homesite Marker
Inscription. Matthew Burnett (1795-1842) and his wife, Sarah (Simmons) (1797-1852), came to Texas from Arkansas in 1831 and settled south of here on Cypress Creek. Their home was near the "Harrisburg Road" which stretched 15 miles northwest to a crossroads at the home of their closest neighbor, Abram Roberts, and, in the other direction, 25 miles southeast to Harrisburg.

The interim government of the Republic of Texas stayed here briefly on March 22, 1836, while enroute to establish the Republic's new capital at Harrisburg. The Texas army, 1100 men under the command of Sam Houston, stopped here about dusk on April 16, 1836, after turning southeast at the Robert's crossroads earlier in the day. During their overnight stay they consumed most of Burnett's livestock and grains, and burned fence rails for fuel. The next morning the Texas army departed for Harrisburg. Four days later, on April 21, they routed the Mexican army at the Battle of San Jacinto, winning Texas independence from Mexico.

Having fled the area in the episode known as the "Runaway Scrape," the Burnetts returned after learning of the victory at San Jacinto. In the late 1830s and 1840s their home became a prominent landmark and well-known tavern on the road to the city of Houston.
Sam Houston Bicentennial 1793-1993
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10623.)
Location. 29° 57.259′ N, 95° 38.902′ W. Marker is in Cypress, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Pleasant Grove Road and Telge Road, on the right when traveling east on Pleasant Grove Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cypress TX 77429, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bear Creek Methodist Church and Cemetery (approx. 9.7 miles away); Moore Log House (approx. 13.5 miles away).
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, Texas Independence
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,400 times since then and 146 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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