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"Battle of San Jacinto" Poem

Exploring Historical Facts, Events, and Rumors of important times to help bring it to Current Day...in a Narrative-style Poetry Tale.

The first poem of mine that I put on HubPages. This one is for History's sake...here goes:


The Battle of San Jacinto


(You may have heard the story of the brave men at the famous “Siege of the Alamo”,

But, have you ever read the account of those that fought at the "Battle of San Jacinto"?)


When we heard the Alamo was lost...We were on the run,

With our New Commander of the Army...and our two twin guns.

It was there at Gonzales...where we started our retreat,

On the move from then on...stopping only to drill...and rest our feet.

Then left it burning, while marching due east towards a Nacogdoches wagon trail,

We wanted to turn and fight...But, Sam Houston would not risk it…should we fail.

Fleeing the area...while protecting settler’s leaving during the "Runaway Scrape,"

The Mexican Army could have crushed us; Approximately 60 miles away...Before our escape.

Santa Anna's Army pursued us over the Colorado River...while we kept retreating out of his way,

A Small Group of "Texians"..."Baker's Men"...held Santa Anna back a couple of days at San Felip-e'.

General Houston didn't want their Army to cross over the swelled Brazos River ...ahead of us,

So, he sent a message to the Steamship "Yellowstone"...and it ferried us across the Braz-os.

Santa Anna's Army had to cross further downstream...while we camped at Groce's Plantation,

It still rained, and We still trained...Waiting on Houston's next move; Texas waited to be a Nation.

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Then...One morning after the Brazos...We packed up camp...We couldn’t linger,

At a fork in the road...General Houston on his horse…lifted up his finger.

He pointed Southeast...down the Harrisburg road...our fall back now complete,

This meant one thing…we were moving on the enemy and had stopped our retreat.

We are on our way to meet up with them...finally...Houston has no longer continued our postponement...

Although we all believed that he wanted a battle further East...with help from some US Reinforcement.

President of Texas...Burnet...had been calling for us to fight...because time was critical...

Houston was trying to build up an Army for the coming fight...this wasn't political.

We marched down to Buffalo Bayou...then on ‘til we reached Lynch’s Ferry Landing,

I promise you this much...that we will all fight…'til no one’s left standing.

For we will not forget what those at the Alamo have done,

They bought us time...with their lives...while we grouped on the run.

Now...We've learned of the tragedy of Fannin and Goliad’s fighting men,

Generalissimo Santa Anna…We’re a coming…Be aware…of the “Texian”.

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After crossing the Brazos, Santa Anna led an advanced force to regain towns back with flames and torment,

He went to Richmond, and then on to Harrisburg, while trying to capture members of our government.

We are coming...though New Washington had to fall,

You are now across a meadow...with your back against the wall.

Your camp at the edge of the marshland...

Has put your special army detachment right into our hands.

We will meet "head-on"...in one short Calvary skirmish,

Helping your confidence...to continue to flourish.

A battle at dawn of the next day...you anticipate,

Only to find out that we will make you wait.

Later on that morning, you gained reinforcements, when some of your troops arrived,

With numbers nearly doubled, you tell your men to relax, with a Señorita by your side.

The “Napoleon of the West”…you just showed your hand,

Did you think we would relax too…You underestimate “The Texian”!

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Then, called a "War Council"...did Sam on that same day,

Knowing he could no longer keep his fighting men at bay.

But worried indeed, as a good General has to,

Are his men prepared enough to do what they must do?

Then, he waited like a trained soldier does...with a strategy in mind,

Biding for the best use of force...at the most opportune time.

He used the woods around him to keep his numbers concealed,

At 3:30 pm that afternoon, he told his men to line-up, and let his plan be revealed.

Then he gave the order; Then he lead the Charge!

On that April day of Twenty One, We attacked the Mexican Army, at large.

With regiments on either side of the General, the “Texians” made their advance.

The other side, no sentry posted, so they never even had a chance.

A surprise attack with the other sides guard down,

Our mounted forces covering a whole lot of ground!

The “Twin Sisters” (our cannon names) blasting away at them,

Wasn’t long before the Mexican force was in total mayhem.

Considering Santa Anna’s prior engagements, “No Quarter was asked for; None given”,

We avenged Fannin and his group, who after surrendering, were still deprived of living.

Sam Houston was shot, but still on he fought,

Until the "Texian Force" had won the onslaught!

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On that day, in 18 minutes into our history,

A Victory was won, that first set Texas free.

A Republic would rise, as citizens of Texas all know,

To the cries of “Remember Goliad; and Remember the Alamo”!

They can still be heard echoing out there on the battleground,

I know I heard it out there…If you listen close…it’s all around.

How grateful General Houston must have been to report at battles end,

“Victory Won” to Travis, Bowie, Crockett, Fannin, and all their men!

Still…it wasn’t completely over until the following day,

When a Mexican soldier was trapped...while trying to get away,

At Vince’s Bridge, which General Houston had torn down permanently,

The Mexican Surrendered Troops all made it clear…it was “El President’e”.

The War with Mexico would end for sure, with a paper signed by him,

Santa Anna would relinquish Texas, after everything, with the stroke of a pen.

And on part of the Battlefield, near the bayou’s edge, beside a lone tree,

General Sam Houston, and the Texian Army, witnessed the signing of this into treaty.

Then by making it, of course very official, they went to add the places name,

General Sam said, “Put down Lynch’s Ferry”, because that is from where they came.

But one Texian in the Army spoke up and said, “Sir…I know”,

"The place that we are standing on now is called: San Jacinto”!

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Gen. Santa Anna standing before the wounded Sam Houston after the Battle of San Jacinto.

Gen. Santa Anna standing before the wounded Sam Houston after the Battle of San Jacinto.

For more Information about the History of the Battle of San Jacinto see:

Battle of San Jacinto Monument

The San Jacinto Monument is a 570 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.

The San Jacinto Monument is a 570 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.

Texas Runaway Scrape-Was it Raining for most of this period?

Texas Independence Won!

Camp at Groce's Plantation- Where the Texians stayed right after crossing the Brazos

The Steamship "Yellowstone" had a rich History...Before becoming part of Texas History. Sam Houston credited it with this: ‘Had it not been for the Steam Boat Yellow Stone, we would have lost Texas."

The Steamship "Yellowstone" had a rich History...Before becoming part of Texas History. Sam Houston credited it with this: ‘Had it not been for the Steam Boat Yellow Stone, we would have lost Texas."

Summary of My Latest Update to this Poem:

This Poem was updated to include more of Houston's Retreat and the Steamship "Yellowstone". Both of these are very important to the timeline leading up to the inevitable final clash between Sam Houston's "Texian" Army and Santa Anna's Mexican Army. (Interim) President of Texas David G. Burnet, Houston's Officers, the "Texian" Soldiers, the Newspaper at the time, and those that did not leave Texas during the "Runaway Scrape" were all very critical of Houston retreating. Everyone wanted him to fight! Yet, he maintained the need to train his Men and drill them for the upcoming Battle, while staying away from the approaching Mexican Army.

His Men felt like he was trying to draw the fight closer to the Sabine River on the Eastern side of Texas (on the Louisiana border) in order to get help from the U.S. My opinion is: (and I've seen this in writing by others) He was an old "Indian Fighter" and preferred to Battle amongst the Woods. East Texas is full of Woods. His retreat route from Gonzales to modern-day Hempstead offered him no cover out in the open prairie land. Not a good place to mount an offensive. Plus, the prairie fields were extremely muddy from the Historical amount of rain for that period/year.

Ultimately, he used the woods around him to conceal his numbers at San Jacinto even though the "Texians" camped very close to the Mexican Army before the final battle. This helped to conceal his numbers of approximately 800 Men. Then, He chose to fight by advancing on the enemy when their guard was down. Looks like to me, that he was using tactics from his earlier fighting days.

Santa Anna's over-confidence of the situation and the bad location he was camped in, also played a big role into the final outcome of the Battle. There was nowhere for the "Surprised" Mexican Army to retreat to after the Texians were upon them.

The Steamship "Yellowstone" was a timely piece of fortune for the Texian Army and by Sam Houston's own account is given credit for helping win the War. The "Yellowstone" had a great History long before coming to Texas. In Texas, it helped move bales of Cotton from land owners to ports for shipping. And, as for its part in the Texas Revolution, it was used to cross the Texian Army across the Brazos ahead of the pursuing Mexican Army.

After ferrying the Texians across the Brazos River, the great skill of the Captain, and the cotton bales that the ship had onboard, proved to be very helpful to the "Yellowstone". The Mexican Army retaliated at the "Yellowstone" on a nearby river bend and started shooting at the boat. The cotton bales helped shield the internal parts of the ship from the incoming rounds...while the Captain made sure the boilers were cooking enough to get the boat around the river bend at top speed. It is even said that the Mexican Army even tried to lasso the Ship on the way around the bend. So, there is no doubt that the "Yellowstone" saw its fair share of the ongoing Battle, after it helped the Texians.

Hope you enjoyed this Historical Poetry Tale of the San Jacinto Battle.

(Poem updated on Dec. 30, 2021)

Steamship "Yellowstone"

”We view ourselves on the eve of battle. We are nerved for the contest, and must conquer or perish. It is vain to look for present aid: none is at hand. We must now act or abandon all hope! Rally to the standard, and be no longer the scoff of mercenary tongues! Be men, be free men, that your children may bless their father’s name.”

— General Sam Houston
Addressing his troops before
the Battle of San Jacinto


© 2009 ManlyPoetryMan

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