Camp at Groce's Plantation

Camp Fourteen of the San Jacinto Campaign

April 13, 1836

April 13: Camp at Groce's. Assumption at present is that Houston camped at Groce's Bernardo Plantation on the east side of the Brazos after completing his crossing of the Brazos on the afternoon of the 13th. He then left for Donoho's the next day. There is an older Historical Marker on the east side of the river titled "The Camp Site of the Texas Army" and is located south of Hempstead, 2 miles southwest of SH 159. This marker improperly states the location of the Camp West of the Brazos, but would be more accurate to designate the Camp East (or Groce's) of the Brazos.

 Camp Site Of the Texas Army
Marker Title: The Camp Site Of the Texas Army
County: Waller
Year Marker Erected: 1936
Designations: na
Marker Location: 1.5 miles south of Hempsted on SH 159
Marker Text: Five miles to the southeast to the camp site of the Texas Army March 31 to April 13, 1836 when it crossed the Brazos on the steamboat Yellow Stone and began its march toward Harrisburg.

Marker information courtesy Texas Historical Commission's Atlas
and map courtesy Mapblast. Visit Mapblast for driving direction to these site.

Colonel Alexander Horton's fact-based fictional dispatch from this camp gives the flavor of the place and time.

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