The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #103340 Message #2337279
Posted By: Uncle Phil
10-May-08 - 03:34 PM
Thread Name: Remember the Alamo?
Subject: RE: Remember the Alamo?
TG, the other Fehrenbach book is Blood and Fire: a History of Mexico (ISBN:0-512-4766730). It is available on Amazon.
Here is a picture of the San Jacinto battlefield today. Houston's camp is south of the concession stand where the sidewalks are laid out like a spoked wheel. That side of Texas Hwy 139 was heavy woods. Houston assembled his troops in a line abreast at the edge of the woods, about where 139 runs today. According to Houston's report of the battle, they advanced to within 200 yards (about ¾ the length of the reflecting pool) before commencing cannon fire with grapeshot and canister. The cannon stopped there. The rest of the line moved forward but held their fire until they were at point blank range, near where the monument is today.