The Fannin Memorial
December 30, 2019
This memorial is in Goliad, Texas and commemorates the horrific loss of life in 1836. After the battle of Coleto where Fannin’s troops were overwhelmed and significantly outnumbered by the Mexican troops, the men were taken as prisoners of war and held in the Presidio La Bahia. Gen. Antonio Lopez De Santa Anna executed Col. James Fannin and approximately 400 soldiers. Their bodies were left to rot in the field after being stripped of all possessions and many were set afire. Because of their profession, Doctors J. Barnard, J.E. Field and Jack Shackelford were spared. About 25 men were saved by a Mexican woman know as "The Angel of Goliad”. Approximately 30 more escaped by feigning death or swimming the San Antonio River. This atrocity happened three weeks after the fall of the Alamo and 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. ~ from Waymarking.com
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