San Jacinto Museum of History

San Jacinto: A Lone Star Shines


In April 1836, the future of Texas hung in a balance. Since independence had been declared on March 2, the Texian Army had suffered two crushing defeats at the Alamo and Goliad, and the government, along with most of the population, was fleeing east.
The fate of the young Republic rested in the hands of General Houston and his small army, and on April 21, 1836, on a cattle ranch on the eastern edge of Austin’s colony, that fate was decided. Houston and his forces defeated the larger Mexican army, captured General Santa Anna and changed the fate of Texas forever.
This year, the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site and the San Jacinto Museum of History celebrated the 185th San Jacinto Day virtually with the premier of San Jacinto: A Lone Star Shines. Every day between April 19 – 22, a short digital film depicted one of four pivotal scenes from the Battle of San Jacinto and the fight for freedom: the Runaway Scrape, the April 20th skirmish, the Battle of San Jacinto and the surrender of Santa Anna. The videos are now available on YouTube.  


Episode 1: The Runaway Scrape 

Episode 2: The Skirmish

Episode 3: The Battle

Episode 4: The Surrender

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