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San Patricio in San Patricio County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Battle of San Patricio

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By Larry D. Moore, August 11, 2018
1. Battle of San Patricio Marker
Inscription.  The battle of San Patricio was fought in the streets of Old San Patricio at 3:00 A.M. on February 27, 1836. The general council of the provisional government of Texas had instructed Francis W. Johnson and Dr. James Grant to lead an independent military force against Matamoros, Mexico. Although many of the troops left the command to follow Sam Houston, who opposed the expedition, about 60-70 men remained.

Mexican general Jose Urrea, who learned of the plan from his network of spies, sent word to San Patricio settlers loyal to Mexico, instructing them to leave a light burning in their homes as a signal to Mexican troops to spare them. After attacking a small force at Garza's Ranch (4 mi. S), the Mexicans struck San Patricio, killing 16 and taking 30 prisoners. Johnson, working late with a candle burning, and four others in his house escaped. The Mexican troops then proceeded to Agua Dulce Creek (about 20 miles south) and attacked the remaining Texan forces under Grant's command on March 2. Grant and 11 others were killed, seven were captured, and six escaped. Together with those captured at Garza's Ranch and in San Patricio, they were
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By Larry D. Moore, August 11, 2018
2. Battle of San Patricio Marker Area
imprisoned in Matamoros and remained in captivity until January 1837.
Erected 1994 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 330.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, Texas Independence.
Location. 27° 57.115′ N, 97° 46.375′ W. Marker is in San Patricio, Texas, in San Patricio County. Marker is on Main Street (Farm to Market Road 666) north of McGloin Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4615 Main St, Mathis TX 78368, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Josepha Rodriguez (here, next to this marker); San Patricio de Hibernia (a few steps from this marker); Saint Patrick's Catholic Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Education in San Patricio (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Dougherty House (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Cemetery on the Hill (approx. 0.8 miles away); White Point / Rosita (approx. 11.6 miles away); Early Odem Area Schools (approx. 11.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Patricio.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 129 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 18, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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