San Benito in Cameron County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Spot Where "American Blood was Shed on American Soil"
The Thornton Skirmish
The spot where "American blood was shed on American soil" April 25, 1846
Here Captain Philip Thornton and 62 dragoons were attacked by Mexican troops.
Erected 1936 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 5478.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, Mexican-American. In addition, it is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments series list.
Location. 26° 3.712′ N, 97° 47.045′ W. Marker is in San Benito, Texas, in Cameron County. Marker is on Military Highway (U.S. 281), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Benito TX 78586, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Near Routes of Alonso de Leon Expeditions (here, next to this marker); Las Rucias (approx. 1.7 miles away); Longoria Cemetery (approx. 2.7 miles away); Our Lady of Visitation Catholic Church (approx. 3½ miles away); Our Lady of Visitation (approx. El Horcon Tract and Rio Rico (approx. 6.8 miles away); First Baptist Church of La Feria (approx. 7 miles away); Site of First Bank in La Feria (approx. 7.1 miles away).
Also see . . . The Thornton Affair. (Submitted on January 14, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 13, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.