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Near Hondo in Medina County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Battle of the Arroyo Hondo

 
 
Battle of the Arroyo Hondo Marker image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, April 15, 2013
1. Battle of the Arroyo Hondo Marker
Inscription. In 1842 the Mexican Army launched three invasions into Texas to reclaim territory lost during the Texas Revolution. Col. Rafael Vasquez's Army briefly occupied San Antonio in March, and in July Texans fought with Col. Antonio Canales' forces near San Patricio.

When Gen. Adrian Woll's Mexican forces advanced through South Texas and captured San Antonio on September 11, Texan volunteers gathered for battle. More than 200 men under the command of Matthew Caldwell assembled at Salado Creek six miles east of the city, where on September 18 they fought with the Mexican Cavalry. With losses on both sides, the Mexicans returned briefly to San Antonio before beginning their march toward the border.

Additional Texan forces marshaled to meet Woll's Army, and on September 21 another battle occurred at Hondo Creek (Arroyo Hondo) near this site. Although Texan and Mexican accounts of the engagement varied considerably, reliable sources indicate that the Texans, plagued by dissension and a lack of clear leadership, failed in their attempt to rout the Mexican forces. The Mexicans returned home and the Texas government, in response to the 1842 invasions, mounted the ill-fated Somervell Expedition later that year.
 
Erected 1992 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 332.)
Battle of the Arroyo Hondo Marker site on FM 462 image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, April 15, 2013
2. Battle of the Arroyo Hondo Marker site on FM 462

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the San Antonio-El Paso Road marker series.
 
Location. 29° 25.241′ N, 99° 10.773′ W. Marker is near Hondo, Texas, in Medina County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 462 6.5 miles north of U.S. 90, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hondo TX 78861, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vandenburg (approx. 3.8 miles away); Stephen F. Austin Memorial Oak Tree (approx. 5.4 miles away); Medina County Courthouse (approx. 5.4 miles away); Hondo (approx. 5.4 miles away); J.M. Koch's Hotel (approx. 8.6 miles away); Town of Quihi (approx. 9.4 miles away).
 
Regarding Battle of the Arroyo Hondo. Excerpt from a letter sent to the “Spirit of the Times” newspaper by Brevet Major W.S. Henry, 3rd U.S. Infantry, with the Great Government Train creating the “lower road” from San Antonio to El Paso: June 7, 1849

“We encamped on the battle ground of the Hondo — a battle field belonging to Texas before her lone star was mingled with the others of liberty. It was an affair between a party of Texans, and the retreating Mexican army, under General Woll.
Battlefield view. Hondo Creek is at the treeline on the right. image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, April 15, 2013
3. Battlefield view. Hondo Creek is at the treeline on the right.
The latter as usual “vamoosed,” leaving much of their camp equipage and means of transportation scattered over the ground. Remnants of these articles are visible.”
 
Categories. War, Texas Independence
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2013, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. This page has been viewed 598 times since then and 78 times this year. Last updated on March 24, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 17, 2013, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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