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The Capture of Santa Anna

 
 
The Capture of Santa Anna Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, February 21, 2008
1. The Capture of Santa Anna Marker
Inscription. This point is the approximate site of the capture of Santa Anna, the president of Mexico, and commander of the Mexican army-by James A. Sylvester, Joel W. Robison, Edward Miles, S.R. Bostick, Joseph Vermillion and Thompson, all soldiers of the Texas army under General Sam Houston. Santa Anna had made his escape disguised in the uniform of a private soldier, on horseback, on the night of the Battle of San Jacinto, April 21st. He was captured on the 22nd and taken back to the camp on the battle ground where General Houston lay wounded. The salutations "El Presidente" of the wounded Mexican prisoners revealed his identity.

Approved by
The San Jacinto Chapter.
The Daughters of the Republic.
The San Jacinto State Park Commissioners.
Governor O.B. Colquitt.
Erected Mar. 2, 1916

1836

 
Erected 1916 by The San Jacinto Chapter, The Daughters of the Republic.
 
Location. 29° 43.47′ N, 95° 12.771′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker can be reached from North Shaver Street 0.4 miles north of Crown Street. Touch for map. From the traffic circle south of the Washburn Tunnel, head north on Federal Road toward the tunnel entrance. Do not enter the tunnel! Bear right onto the Pasadena Paper Mill entrance road. The road turns left over the tunnel to a parking area at the waterfront. Marker is in this post office area: Pasadena TX 77506, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies.
View of Ship Canal from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, February 21, 2008
2. View of Ship Canal from Marker
Vince's Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Railroad (approx. 3.9 miles away); Old Harrisburg (approx. 3.9 miles away); a different marker also named Old Harrisburg (approx. 3.9 miles away); First Airplane Flight Over Texas (approx. 4.3 miles away); Site of Lubbock Ranch (approx. 5 miles away); Site of the Home of Dr. George Moffit Patrick (approx. 6.6 miles away); Site of Battle of San Jacinto, 1836 (approx. 7.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
 
Regarding The Capture of Santa Anna. I think there's some dispute over the place where Santa Anna was captured. Wherever the location, it was probably somewhere between four and eight miles from the San Jacinto Battle Field where the battle was fought and from where Santa Anna, dressed as an ordinary soldier, was fleeing to escape. In those days the sparsely populated areas were not well marked.

The best account of the capture is James A. Sylvester's Official Report and the location is unclear from his report. There is little doubt that he was returned to the San Jacinto Battle Field where he made his official surrender.

The S.R. Bostick mentioned on the marker is Sion Record Bostick.
 
Categories. War, Texas Independence
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,353 times since then and 301 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 3, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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