Grave of Colonel J. W. Fannin and His Men

Grave of Colonel J. W. Fannin and His Men (HMNQU)

Location: Goliad, TX 77963 Goliad County
Country: United States of America

N 28° 38.763', W 97° 22.822'

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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 procession to the grave, and there given a military funeral and burial on June 3, 1836.
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Year Placed1968
Placed ByThe Texas Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 6:43pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 658298 N 3169844
Decimal Degrees28.64605000, -97.38036667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 38.763', W 97° 22.822'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 38' 45.78" N, 97° 22' 49.32" W
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Area Code(s)361
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-3 Cabrera Rd, Goliad TX 77963, US
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