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Texas in Review - Shrine at Goliad (1957)
Texas Historical Commission
  • Map
  • Highlights
    Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836
    Goliad, San Antonio
    Colonel James Fannin 
    La Bahía
    Door of La Bahía Mission & other artifacts
    Goliad Massacre Monument
    Goliad Massacre Remembrance Ceremony
  • Transcript
    Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836 has become an important date to all Texans and especially to the little town of Goliad, which lies southeast of San Antonio. 
    At that time, no one knew that this would be the date of one of the most brutal massacres ever to occur in the civilized world, the massacre of Colonel James Fannin and 360 of his men. 
    Todays Texans can visit, La Bahia the mission where Fannin and his men were in prison and find many interesting relics.
    Relics of that crucial period when, with crude cannon and other firearms, these valiant men gave their lives in Texas' desperate struggle for independence.
    Looking at the primitive vessels, tools and [] , one can pause and consider the hardships sustained by our forefathers as they fought for a freedom we sometimes take for granted.
    To properly reconstruct a vivid picture one must go behind the original door of La Bahia mission and bring out the things closest to a man at war.
    A belt buckle, long since claimed by rust and time, a Mexican spur, possibly worn by an officer, part of the harness of a donkey. 
    How many shots for Texas freedom began in this lead bullet mold?
    With such crude tools to supply his ammunition, a man had to be a good shot. 
    This could be the cap and ball pistol that ended Colonel Fannin's life. 
    This Mexican saber was found on the ground where the battle of Perdido took place. 
    There, the hopelessly outnumbered Texans surrendered. 
     It was under promise of honorable terms that the fighting Texans have up their trusted bowie knives and regretfully surrendered their muskets. 
    Little did they realize their impending fate.
    It was the massacre that followed that brings thousands of Texans each year to the monument near the mission.
    In honor of Colonel Fannin and his valiant soldiers, it stands towering over the lonely graves of the patriots.
    Thus it was fitting that recently, many Texans, old and young, gathered once again to celebrate not a victory, but a defeat. 
    A kind of defeat which generated a fury that drove the Texan army, under Sam Houston to victory at San Jacinto. 
    In the faces of the young and the speeches of the grownups have we found the real meaning behind this gathering. 
    They were remembering not a battle, but the birth of a battle cry, "Remember the Alamo, Remember Goliad."