Wednesday, April 14, 2021

New film series recreates key moments of Battle of San Jacinto

April 21 is recognized as
 Texas Independence Day.
Join the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site of Texas virtually to celebrate the 185th San Jacinto Day with the premiere of San Jacinto: A Lone Star Shines video series. Every day between April 19 – 22, the site will release a short digital film depicting four pivotal scenes from the Battle of San Jacinto and the fight for freedom. The film series was produced by Avila Productions and was directed and edited by Roman Avila. 

The videos will premiere at 11:00 am, with encore presentations at 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm, on the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site's Facebook page and will also be available on the Texas Historical Commission YouTube channel. The film will be free to view.   

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 star on top of the monument honors the Lone Star 
state's revolutionary battle.
The fate of the young Republic rested in the hands of General Sam Houston and his small army. On April 21, 1836, in an abandoned cattle ranch on the eastern edge of Stephen F. Austin’s newly established colony, that fate was decided. Houston and his forces defeated the larger Mexican army, captured the infamous General Santa Anna, and changed the fate of Texas forever.  

Visit the battleground and San Jacinto monument

The San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site and Monument and the San Jacinto Museum are open for visitors; please go to for hours and requirements.      

April 21 commemorates this important battle.

The San Jacinto Monument is a 567.31-foot-high column topped with a 220-ton star that commemorates the site of the Battle of San Jacinto, the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution. It is located on the Houston Ship Channel in Harris County, Texas, near the city of Houston. Guests can take an elevator almost 500 feet to the top observation deck that overlooks the sprawling battlegrounds.

Information courtesy of Cait Johnson, Texas Historical Commission

Photos from free sources

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