Goliad in Goliad County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Grave of Colonel J. W. Fannin and His Men
After battle of Coleto (March 19 - 20, 1836), where a Texas Army under Col. James Walker Fannin met defeat by Mexicans in superior numbers, the Texas soldiers were held in Presidio La Bahia, supposedly as war prisoners. However, by order of Mexican Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, approximately 400 of Fannin's men were marched out and massacred on Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836. The wounded were shot one by one in the fort compound. Col. Fannin was the last to die. Because of their profession, Drs. J. H. Barnard, J. E. Field and Jack Shackelford were spared; about 25 men were saved by a Mexican woman, "The Angel of Goliad". Approximately 30 escaped by feigning death or by swimming the San Antonio River. The Texans' corpses were stripped and partly burned, but left unburied. This atrocity three weeks after the fall of the Alamo gave Texans part of the battle cry--"Remember the Alamo! Remember La Bahia!"--under which decisive victory was won at San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. Gen. Thomas J. Rusk and the Texan Army afterwards marched here and gathered the bones of Fannin's men from the terrain. From Presidio La Bahia the remains were carried in
Erected 1968 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2257.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Notable Events • War, Texas Independence.
Location. 28° 38.763′ N, 97° 22.822′ W. Marker is in Goliad, Texas, in Goliad County. Marker is at the intersection of Fannin Monument Road and Cabrera Road on Fannin Monument Road. Marker is at the Fannin Burial Monument - about 0.3 mile south of Goliad State Park and Presidio La Bahia. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goliad TX 77963, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. La Bahía Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Angel of Goliad (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Ignacio Zaragoza (approx. 0.2 miles away); Replica of Texas Independence Flagpole (approx. 0.2 miles away); Presidio de Nuestra Señora de Loreto de la Bahía (approx. 0.2 miles away); Manuel Becerra (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aranama College (approx. 0.8 miles away); Cattle Drive from La Bahia (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goliad.
Also see . . . Goliad Campaign. (Submitted on September 10, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Goliad Massacre; National Register of Historic Places.
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