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

Battle of Coleto and Goliad Massacre

Battle of Coleto and Goliad Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, June 20, 2009
1. Battle of Coleto and Goliad Massacre Marker
Inscription.  After the fall of the Alamo, March 6, 1836, Colonel James Walker Fannin, with about 400 soldiers, mostly volunteers from the United States in the Texas War for Independence, was ordered by Texas General Sam Houston to retreat from Goliad to Victoria. March 19, the heavy Mexican force of General Urrea surrounded the withdrawing Texas contingent near Coleto Creek, and bitter fighting ensued. Fannin's volunteers hurled back the assaults of the Mexican force. On the following day, faced with several times their number, the Texans surrendered in the belief they would be treated as prisoners of war of a civilized nation. After removal to Goliad, the Fannin men were marched out and massacred on Palm Sunday under orders of Santa Anna, the general of the Mexican armies. Thus dictator Santa Anna added another infamy to that of the Alamo and gave to the men who saved Texas at San Jacinto their battle cry, "Remember the Alamo, Remember Goliad". The memorial to Fannin and his men is near Goliad.
Erected 1974 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 322.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed
The Goliad Massacre image. Click for full size.
Internet Archive, November 16, 2007
2. The Goliad Massacre
Drawn by A.R.W. and engraved by P. Meeder, The great American Book of Biography c. 1897.
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in this topic list: War, Texas Independence. A significant historical date for this entry is March 19, 1836.
Location. 28° 41.224′ N, 97° 13.95′ W. Marker is near Fannin, Texas, in Goliad County. Marker is located within the Fannin Battleground State Historic Site near the interpretive exhibit and group pavilion. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 734 FM 2506, Fannin TX 77960, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Battle of El Perdido (approx. 1.6 miles away); Victoria County C.S.A. (approx. 6.3 miles away); Goliad Memorial Auditorium (approx. 9.3 miles away); La Bahía Cemetery (approx. 9.4 miles away); Grave of Colonel J. W. Fannin and His Men (approx. 9.4 miles away); Angel of Goliad (approx. 9.4 miles away); Judge James Arthur White and the Civilian Conservation Corps at Goliad State Park (approx. 9½ miles away); Presidio de Nuestra Señora de Loreto de la Bahía (approx. 9½ miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. This page has been viewed 307 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 14, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas.   2. submitted on December 16, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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