La Grange in Fayette County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Final Resting Place
In 1848, a group of La Grange citizens retrieved the bodies of Dawson's men from Salado Creek. The same year the bones of the victims of the black bean episode were returned also, after being exhumed at Hacienda Salado by Major Walter P. Lane during the U.S.-Mexican War.
On the sixth anniversary of the Battle of Salado Creek, September 18, 1848, the remains of the martyred Texans were interred in a common tomb on this bluff. Many dignitaries, including Sam Houston, attended the ceremony.
Heinrich L. Kreische maintained the tomb until his death in 1882. For the next 50 years the crypt suffered the ravages of time and neglect. In 1933, the present granite vault was placed around the old tomb. The adjacent 48-foot shellcrete monument, erected by the Texas Centennial Commission, was dedicated October 25, 1936.
Upper middle: Major Walter P. Lane
Upper right: The tomb of the martyred Texans, as it appeared in 1931.
Lower left: The present granite vault was dedicated September 18, 1933, the 85th anniversary of the original burial.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, Mexican-American • War, Texas Independence. A significant historical date for this entry is September 18, 1848.
Location. 29° 53.33′ N, 96° 52.624′ W. Marker is in La Grange, Texas, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 92 Spur, 0.3 miles west of State Highway 77. The marker is located on the western section of the grounds of Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill State Historic Sites. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 414 TX-92 Spur, La Grange TX 78945, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Survivors of the Dawson Massacre (a few steps from this marker); The Deaths of Dr. Richard Fox Brenham and Ewen Cameron (a few steps from this marker); The Drawing of the Black Beans (a few steps from this marker); The Men of the Dawson Massacre (a few steps from this marker); Kreische Complex (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monument Hill Tomb (about 400 feet away); The Faison House (approx. ¾ mile away); Fayette County Jail (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Grange.
Also see . . .
1. Dawson Massacre.
After the(Submitted on October 18, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. Black Bean Episode.
The Black Bean Episode, an aftermath of the Mier Expedition, resulted from an attempted escape of the captured Texans as they were being marched from Mier to Mexico City. After an escape at Salado, Tamaulipas, on February 11, 1843, some 176 of the men were recaptured within about a week. A decree that all who participated in the break were to be executed was modified to an order to kill every(Submitted on October 18, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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