Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Texan Capture of Mexican Dispatches
The San Jacinto Campaign in Southwest Harris County
Houston's army, arriving at Buffalo Bayou opposite Harrisburg on April 18, found the town in ruins, but did not know the whereabouts of the Mexican army. That day, Texan scouts led by Erastus "Deaf" Smith captured three Mexicans, including Capt. Miguel Bachiller, a courier, and a guide in this vicinity. The prisoners and their dispatches revealed the location, size, and plans of the Mexican army. With this vital intelligence, Houston intercepted Santa Anna's march on April 20 and defeated his division with a surprise attack on April 21 at the San Jacinto River. The Battle of San Jacinto ended the Texas Revolution and secured the independent Republic of Texas.
Erected 1989 by Texas Historical Commission.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bellaire TX 77401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bellaire Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bellaire Streetcar Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bellaire (approx. 0.3 miles away); Astrodome (approx. 3.6 miles away); Forum of Civics of River Oaks Garden Club (approx. 3.8 miles away); Holcombe House (approx. 4.4 miles away); Holland Lodge No. 1 (approx. 4.7 miles away); St. Paul's United Methodist Church (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Also see . . . Erastus "Deaf" Smith article in the Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on September 19, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
Categories. • War, Texas Independence •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,305 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 19, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.