In honor of San Jacinto Day on April 21, five historic flags present at the Battle of San Jacinto are on view at the Bullock Texas State History Museum now through August 2016. Fought on April 21, 1836 near present-day Houston, the battle was the decisive conflict of the Texas Revolution.
Led by General Sam Houston, the Texian Army defeated General Antonio López de Santa Anna’s Mexican army at the Battle of San Jacinto — a fight that lasted 18 minutes. The victory ended the Texas Revolution, which began in October 1835 when the first shot was fired at the Battle of Gonzalez. The outcome of the San Jacinto battle gained Texas its independence from Mexico.
Flags on view include the Newport Rifles Company battle flag, three Mexican battalion flags — Matamoros, Toluca and Guerrero — and a Mexican guidon. Several of the Mexican flags were present at the siege of the Alamo. This marks the first time in 180 years that these flags have been displayed together.
The Newport Rifles Company battle flag, also known as the San Jacinto Battle Flag, was carried through the Battle of San Jacinto by Texian volunteer troops who arrived from Kentucky to fight under the command of General Sidney Sherman. The only remaining flag in the state carried by Texan forces, it normally hangs in the Texas State Capitol behind the podium used by the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives when in session.
The five Texas-Revolution era battle flags are on view in the Bullock Museum’s second floor permanent gallery through August, 2016.
To learn more about the Bullock Museum and its exhibits, visit TheStoryofTexas.com or call 512-936-8746.
Bullock Museum hours:
Monday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm
Sunday 12-5 pm
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1800 N Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701