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BATTLE OF SAN JACINTO - APRIL 21st, 1836 - Texas, USA
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REMEMBER THE ALAMO, REMEMBER GOLIAD! Immortalizing the historic make-or-break charge of nine hundred ragged Texan militiamen against two thousand professional Mexican soldiers in April 21, 1836, Remember the Alamo depicts Lt. Frank Hardin leading his men against Mexican Gen Cos, with Gen. Sam Houston and Gen. Burlson, Regimental Commander, in the background. Frank Hardin came to Texas in 1826, and moved to Liberty, Texas with his six siblings. As a loyal Mexican citizen, he only joined the rebel Texans in the fall of 1835. His local citizens elected him an officer and he went to San Antonio to fight the Mexicans in the last major engagement of the year. Hardin had accepted Gen. Cos' surrender at the first battle of the Alamo on December 8, 1835 when a group of Texans ejected the Mexican garrison from Texas. The Mexicans swore to never return to Texas again; Hardin even exchanged food for the journey back to Mexico for a pair of Cos' silver candlesticks. Hardin's brother, Augustine Blackburn, signed the Texas Declaration of Independence at Washington, on the Brazos, March 2, 1836. The newly formed Texas Congress then fled in the wake of a powerful Mexican Army; after its successful defeat of a small Texas Garrison at the Alamo in San Antonio. The Mexicans massacred the five-hundred-man Texas Army after their surrender at Goliad, leaving only General Sam Houston and his nine hundred men as Texas' only, last and feeble hope. The Texans, on the run with little food or rest for several weeks; avoided confronting Santa Anna's numerically superior army of 10,000 waiting for the right time to attack. Houston chose to attack the Mexicans after the set up camp close to the Texans after an all night march. As the Mexicans dozed in the early afternoon, Houston began his attack getting his entire force within small arms range, 100 yards or so, before the Texas Band began to play, alerting the Mexicans to their presence. Before the Mexicans could respond, they entered the Mexican Camp and routed its newly awoken occupants. The Texans achieved an incredible victory despite facing a numerical disadvantage of 20 to 1 in the Texas Campaign. This small force, outnumbered 4 to 1 on the field of San Jacinto, killed 630 Mexican soldiers and captured 730 (including their president, Santa Anna) at the cost of only 9 Texian dead and 30 wounded! Their victory paved the way for ten years of Texas independence before it finally joined the union in 1846. The main combatant in the painting, Frank Hardin became enraged when he encountered Cos for the second time on the field of battle as his prisoner. Despite Cos' dishonorable behavior, Hardin acted as the jail keeper for the Mexicans captured at San Jacinto at his farm in Liberty, Texas earning rave reviews from his prisoners for generous and kind treatment. Text by Van Taylor