In Texas it’s San Jacinto Day, with a hard “J” if you please. April 21st, 1836, when the Army of the Republic of Texas defeated a Mexican force and ensured the independence of Texas.
Sam Houston entreated his soldiers: “Soldiers of the Army of the Republic of Texas! I leave you one thought to take with you across the plain of San Jacinto and into the camp of Santa Ana. Remember – the – Alamo.” Thus was born the iconic slogan.
For me, Sam Houston will always be the old actor Richard Dix.
Houston’s army included a squad of Tejano soldiers, Mexican men from San Antonio and environs who supported the Revolution. The General assigned them to the rear guard for the upcoming battle. Their leader, Juan Sequin, refused. They would fight for Texas! Houston handed Sr. Seguin a deck of playing cards. He insisted that each Tejano stick a card into his hatband, so they wouldn’t be taken as Mexican soldiers once the battle started.
As it turned out – not a bad idea at all.
Tomorrow, perhaps I will wear a playing card in my own hatband. In recognition of the Tejanos who put it all on the line for the Republic of Texas.
April 20, 2017
“If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell.” – General Philip Henry Sheridan, Military Governor during the Reconstruction Era in Texas.