Photo Album: San Jacinto-07

Flags Half Mast

Following the mass murders at Virginia Tech, the president asked flags to be flown at half mast for about five days, ending today, April 21, at sunset. These flags are outside the monument of San Jacinto, east of Houston, where Sam Houston and his untrained troops met the Mexican army corps.

Texas Revolution Flags

When Texas sought independence, an array of flags were flown. Here are just a few.

Flags in Texas

Texans are extremely proud of just being Texans. A famous bumper sticker reads, "I'm not from Texas, but I got here as fast as I could."

Gen. Sam Houston

An actor playing Gen. Sam Houston for an annual reenactment of the battle is shown here on his horse (left).

Mexican Camp

For troops on both sides, conditions were rustic around the time of the battle. As Mexicans marched north, they established camps where families had to go on living while husbands and sons fought the Texians of General Houston. Most had come out of loyalty to their country or to the Catholic church.

Cannon Fire

According to the reenactment, both sides used cannons from the rear as riflers carrying muskets advanced slowly. The cannons used in the reenactment could be heard for two miles, as shown by the covering of ears.

Mexican Line

The Mexican company advanced in an orderly fashion: the front line fires while the rear line reloads. Then, the rear line advances forward to fire on the Texians, while the other line reloads. The regimented movement reflects their high degree of skill.

Texian Line

The Texian soldiers were not very well trained. Although cannons fired from the rear, the line did not advance as surely as the Mexican line.

Charge

The Texan spirit of independence was indomitable. Despite a lack of training and certain defeat, Gen. Houston and other leaders ordered their troops into battle against the skilled Mexican army.

Swordfight

As the Texian cavalry met the Mexicans, they fought using swords, reminiscent of European battles.

Closing Ceremony

After the fighting on these fields, troops met near the Mexican camp. Notice the Texian flag here, with a bare-breasted Lady Liberty. This was the standard of the Texians under Gen. Sam Houston, following the fall of the Alamo.