This is not a walk on event. Participants
must make application and be accepted in
order to participate in the re-enactment. There will be three
camps: Texian Army camp, Mexican Army camp and the Runaway (Civilian)
camp. This is a family affair
and period correct costuming for the 1830s. This is also not a
Buckskinners' Rendezvous type of event. Volunteers are needed
and your participation will be appreciated. Please view pictures
from past events so that you can get a feel for the event. 2003,
2002, 2001, 2000, 1998
More information will be forthcoming.
Camp and performance rules will be posted. Those interested in
participating should contact Jerry
Each year Texas celebrates the anniversary
of the Battle of San Jacinto. Measured by its results, it is considered
one of the most decisive battles in history. When the Republic
of Texas joined the United States and the resulting Mexican War,
almost one-third of the present area of the United States, nearly
a million square miles of territory, changed sovereignty.
As a special tribute, the San Jacinto Museum
of History and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sponsors
the reenactment of the battle and related historical presentations
to celebrate this famous battle. Living Historians from across
Texas and the Nation will be on hand to educate the visitors on
all aspects of life during the Texas Revolution.
Close your eyes as you enter the park and
imagine that time has been turned back to April, 1836. Remember
that the ground on which you are walking is the same that is under
General Sam Houston as he paces, planning his attack on General
Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, "The Napoleon of the West."
This same ground that rests under Sam Jones, a young farmer from
Nacogdoches, that has left his young wife and six month old daughter
to fight for their freedom. The same ground that gives a cool
resting place to Dick, a black freedman, who with the rest of
the Texian musicians will drum the signal to attack during the
upcoming battle. The same ground that lies beneath the exhausted
Mexican troops after their 1,000 mile march across a harsh and
unforgiving land. The same ground that will lay beneath the dead
of both sides after an 18 minute battle for freedom and values.
Visit the "Runaway Scrape" encampment
of Texian civilians that have stopped to rest in their desperate
attempt to reach the safety of Louisiana and escape the Mexican
Army, whose leader has vowed "No Quarter" to those who
defy his rule.
See what everyday life is like in your new
time period. Learn how to make soap for bathing and washing clothes,
make beeswax candles for the dark nights ahead, cook on an open
fire and write to a loved one, back east, with a quill pen and
inform them as to your plight and well being. Churn some butter
for the cornbread that bakes in the Dutch ovens. Discuss the politics
of this rapidly changing time.
Texian Army Camp
As you enter the Texian Army camp you will
be required to give up your horse as ordered by General Houston.
Only a chosen few will be allowed to ride in the Texian Cavalry.
Enlist in the Army of Texas and receive a promissory note for
640 acres to be received after faithful service.
You are now a foot soldier, as is the majority
of this army. You will be trained in the "order of Drill"
as an infantryman and artilleryman. Learn the proper way to load
your flintlock rifle or musket. Master the art of firing by line,
firing by volley and proper bayonet tactics.
Receive your artillery training that prepares
you to serve on the two cannons, known fondly as the "Twin
sisters," donated to the Texian cause by the citizens of
Master the art of bullet molding that will
provide you with shot during the upcoming battle. Become versed
in the primitive medical practices that will treat the wounds
that are sure to be suffered. Learn how the drums and fifes will
be used to signal movements of your company on the field of battle.
Discuss how you will use, your soon to be acquired "Donation
Mexican Army Camp
Be careful to present the proper papers
to the sentries, as they are leery of Tejano citizens who have
been spying on their movements and plans. Visit General Santa
Annas elaborate quarters and talk with him personally. Train
in the Napoleonic military order of drill practiced by the Mexican
Army. Learn ho to properly fire the standard issue "Brown
Find that the Mexican Army is made up of,
not only Mexican citizens, but soldiers from other countries as
well. Be trained in the proper firing of the only Mexican cannon
that will be present for this battle, "The Golden Standard."
The rest of the Mexican artillery and army are in reserve at Fort
Bend on the Brazos River. General Santa Anna has rushed a small
force ahead of his main troops in an effort to catch the fleeing
Watch as the elite Lancer Corps practice
their graceful yet deadly maneuvers on horseback.
The participants involved in todays
presentation are known as "Living Historians." They
come from all parts of Texas and surrounding states, and from
all walks of life. They have at least one thing in common - a
love of Texas and History. Countless hours have been dedicated
to research, constructing and mastering the use of the equipment
you see being used. The clothing they wear, the tools they use
and the weapons they carry are either from the 1830s time
period or handmade to replicate, in every detail, those used during
the colonization of Texas. In many cases, they study and portray
actual individuals present in Texas during its early years.
A number have played parts in movies on Texas history, such as
"The Price of Freedom," "Gone to Texas," "Texas"
and "True Women."
Yes, all guns and weapons are real and should
be treated as such. They are the personal property of the reenactors.
Please, handle only if you are given permission by the owner.
In most cases, they will be more than happy to allow you. But
A special thanks to the Living History Associations
making this event possible, including:
Antonio Living History Association (SALHA)
County Time Walkers
of Texas Living History Association (COTLHA)
Legends & Missions Association (ALMA)
George Ranch Foundation
And another special thanks to our financial
Steel Co., Inc.
& Haus Industries
Bell Ice Cream
San Jacinto Day Memorial Ceremony
Annually, on April 21st the San Jacinto
Historical Advisory Board, in conjunction with the Texas Parks
& Wildlife Department and the San Jacinto Museum of History,
presents a program commemorating the individuals who fought and
those that died on the San Jacinto Battlefield to insure the independence
of a democratic Texas. The presenters are honored by your attendance
and support of this memorial program.
San Jacinto Battleground Master
In late 1995 the Texas Parks & Wildlife
Department and the San Jacinto Museum of History began to develop
a Master Plan for the San Jacinto Battleground State Historical
Park. The primary purposes of the Park are to commemorate the
1836 Battle of San Jacinto and to preserve and interpret the Battleground.
The site is of state, national and international significance
because the Battle of San Jacinto gave the Republic of Texas its
independence from Mexico and opened the way for westward expansion
of the United States.
The objective of the Master Plan is to redesign
the Park so as to give primary emphasis to the Battle and its
physical setting, to enhance interpretation and the visitor experience,
and to preserve the essential element of the Park, the Battleground.
Achieving this vision will require relocating or removing some
existing elements and putting new elements in areas away from
the main flow of the Battle. This project is undertaken as a unique
public-private partnership and will take many years to accomplish..