Texas Celebrates 170 Years
This was on the Fayette County Rootsweb email list and thought may be of interest.
This year Texas celebrates its 170th birthday and Fayette County will
host a remembrance party at 10:00 A.M. on April 22, 2006 at Monument
Hill historic Site.
Why Fayette County, why Monument Hill State Park and why April 22nd
not March 2nd Texas Independence Day? Texas won its independence on
April 21, 1836 at the Battle of San Jacinto and the following day
General Santa Anna was captured. The men that captured Santa Anna were
from Fayette and Colorado Counties.
Of the almost 600 men from the Battle of San Jacinto, 111 San Jacinto
Veterans are buried within about 50 miles of Monument Hill. Fayette
County has 21 veterans buried here including 5 that are buried on
Monument Hill, Washington County has 21 veterans buried, Bastrop County
has 20 veterans buried, Colorado County has 13 veterans buried,
Gonzales County has 10 veterans buried, Austin County has 4 veterans
buried, Lavaca and Lee County each have 3 veterans buried. About 20%
of the San Jacinto veterans are buried in this eight County region
almost 1 in every five. 16 San Jacinto veterans went on to serve as
members of the Dawson and Mier campaigns.
With such history in this region it is only fitting that we celebrate
the 170th birthday here in Fayette County and hold it on the County's
most hollowed ground at Monument Hill.
Monument Hill State Historic Site in partnership with the Sons of the
Republic of Texas and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas are
seeking descendants of the men who helped capture Santa Anna. The men
from Fayette and Colorado Counties are Sion R. Bostick, Edward Miles,
Joel W. Robison, James A. Sylvester, Joseph Vermillion and
____Thompson. The descendants from these men will be given special
recognition at the 170th celebration. They may contact the Park at
(979) 968-5658 or www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/monument/
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