Refugio in Refugio County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Amon B. King
On March 14, 1836, Lieutenant Colonel William Ward with less than one hundred and fifty men successfully defended the Church of the Refugio mission against four successive attacks by General Jose Urrea's command and made his escape from the church that night after having lost only three men wounded, two left to care for them and a few others as couriers or while separated from command.
On March 16, 1836, Captain King and fourteen of his men who had been made prisoners by General Urrea's cavalry the day left before were marched to the slope of the hill on Goliad road about one mile from the Refugio church and shot. Their bones were later buried where they fell by John Hynes, a twelve
Erected by the State of Texas in memory of Captain Amon B. King and Texan soldiers killed in action or captured and afterwards slain as a result of the fighting at Refugio March 14, 15, 16, 1836.
Samuel Anderson, William Armstrong, Leslie G.H. Brady, James Henry Callison, John H. Colegrave, Thomas Cook, Fields Davis, Henry H. Eadock, Lewis C. Gibbs, James Henley, Joel F. Heth, Jesse C. Humphries, Harvey H. Kirk, William R. Johnson, Snead Ledbetter, James B. Murphy, George W. Penny, J.B. Rodgers, Antoine Sayle, William N. Simpson, Gavin H. Smith, John C. Stewart, Robert A. Toler, John Ward, Christopher Winters, Samuel Wood.
Erected 1936 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 152.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, Texas Independence. In addition, it is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 14, 1836.
Location. 28° 17.788′ N, 97° 16.491′ W. Marker is in Refugio, Texas, in Refugio County. Marker is on Osage Street near Purisma Street. In King's Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Refugio TX 78377, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking Irish Immigrants in Refugio (within shouting distance of this marker); King and his Men (within shouting distance of this marker); Dennis M. O'Connor Public Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Sally Scull (within shouting distance of this marker); Empresario James Power (within shouting distance of this marker); Refugio County (within shouting distance of this marker); Refugio County Courthouses (within shouting distance of this marker); Refugio City Hall (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Refugio.
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