Battle of Medina Commemoration
|198th Anniversary of the Bloodiest Battle in Texas History|
The public is invited to attend our 15th annual ceremony commemorating the Battle of Medina, this being the 202nd anniversary of the bloodiest battle in Texas history! The Battle of Medina occurred on August 18, 1813 between the Royal Spanish Army and the Republican Army of the North when between 800 and 1,300 Americans, Tejanos, Indians, and Spanish soldiers died in this all but forgotten battle which historians have named the Gutierrez-Magee Expedition. Since August 18th is on Thursday this year, we will hold our normal commemorative ceremony beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 15, 2015 under the large Oak trees on Old Applewhite Road. We will have a Color Guard representing the U.S.A., Spain, Texas, and Mexico, plus descendants of the men who fought and died in this battle. Due to the heat, we will try to keep this ceremony as short as possible, and adjourn to the nice cool meeting room at the First Baptist Church located at 400 North Reed Street in Pleasanton, Texas, for an afternoon seminar beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday 5afternoon, August 15, 2014, courtesy of Barbara Westbrook, Atascosa County Historical Commission Chairman.
Our featured speakers this year include Caroline Castillo Crimm, Ph.D., Professor of History at Sam Houston State University History Department. Dr. Crimm spoke last year at the 201st Anniversary seminar, and you will not want to miss what she has to say about this all but forgotten event in Texas history. Dr. Bill O’Neal, the Texas State Historian, appointed by Governor Perry, who will speak on the Gutierrez-Magee Expedition. Al McGraw will be back this year and will discuss the historic pattern of Spanish colonial ranchos, river crossings, and early roads. Jessie Villarreal will bring his second book that discusses the Tejanos involved in events in Texas that connect to the American Revolution. We always invite representatives of both the Texas General Land Office and the Texas Historical Commission, and William McWhorter will tell us what the THC has done this past year. I have invited Dan Arellano, who has organized the Battle of Medina Association, to tell us what he has been doing this past year. Doc L’Herisson from Louisiana will speak again this year and tell us what he has found about the men from Louisiana who came to fight in Texas. We always invite award winning author Robert Thonhoff, Teacher, Administrator, and County Judge, who spent years researching this all but forgotten battle. However, due to health reasons, Professor Thonhoff probably will not be able to attend. If it were not for Bob Thonhoff most of us would not know about the Battle of Medina.
The Battle of Medina was between approximately 1,800 men in the Royal Spanish Army and approximately 1,400 men in the Republican Army of the North, which included about 400 Spaniards, 400 Tejanos, 200 Native Americans, and about 400 men from the USA. In fact we have identified 5 men who fought in the American Revolution who were involved in some way in the Gutierrez-Magee Expedition, with only one Patriot of the American Revolution, Peter Sides, having been proven to have fought in both the American Revolution and also fought and died in the Battle of Medina. Direct descendants of Peter Sides are eligible for membership in the DAR, the SAR, the DRT, and the SRT, and descendants directly related to any of the 3,200 men who fought in this battle on either side are eligible for membership in the SRT. Over the past 14 years the SAR, DAR, SRT, DRT, Mayflower Society, the Daughter of the War of 1812, and descendants of the men who fought here have dedicated markers to the men who fought and died in this battle, and these descendants will rededicate their markers at the Saturday morning ceremony under the large Oak Trees. Everyone interested in history is invited to attend.
Signs will be placed where you turn to the west off Highway 281 onto the Old Pleasanton Road about 15 miles south of San Antonio, and 10 miles north of Pleasanton. Signs will again be placed where Bruce Road branches off Old Pleasanton Road to the west. Signs will also be where Old Applewhite Road branches off Bruce Road to the west. The afternoon seminar will begin at 1:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Pleasanton First Baptist Church located at 400 North Reed Street, in Pleasanton, Texas. For additional information or directions, contact Tom Green at TBGreen3@gmail.com or 713-340-1965.