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The Battle of San Jacinto April 21, 1836

Donate to San Jacinto Battleground"The sun was sinking in the horizon as the battle commenced; but, at the close of the conflict, the sun of liberty and independence rose in Texas, never, it is to be hoped, to be obscured by the clouds of despotism." Thomas J. Rusk






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The battle of San Jacinto was the most important battle in Texas history and considered by many historians as one of the great decisive battles in world history.  Santa Anna's defeat ended the military phase of the Texas Revolution, secured Texas independence from Mexico, and helped establish the Republic of Texas, ultimately leading to the annexation of Texas to the United States in 1845.  The modern destiny of Texas began on April 21, 1836.

Since then, Texans have revered San Jacinto Battleground as "hallowed ground" and "sacred soil."  Through the efforts of veterans and the San Jacinto Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, large portions of the battlefield were purchased by the State in the late 1890s and early 1900s.  San Jacinto became the first Texas state park in 1907.

In 2002, the San Jacinto Battleground Association was formed to become the first Texas nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, protection, and reclamation of the battlefield, and the promotion of land acquisition, archeology, research and educational programs about the battle. Three years later we adopted the assumed name "The Friends of the San Jacinto Battleground." 

We have been honored by the Texas Historical Commission and recognized nationally by the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service.  Our acclaimed annual Battle of San Jacinto Symposium has featured scholars from across the United States, Mexico and Europe. 

Our research and archeological efforts have revealed that the battlefield is far more extensive than the land currently protected as state property.  Today the battlefield within and outside state property is threatened with industrial encroachment and adverse environmental conditions.  The challenge before us is to save and preserve the historic integrity of this site and the remaining battlefield landscape. 

Please consider joining our cause by becoming a member and supporting our programs.


Help Us Save San Jacinto!

 Please read about our efforts to "Save the Battleground!" .  For additional details CLICK HERE.

Our cause has reached New York City! The photo above is of Times Square with our "Help Us Save San Jacinto" message and photo of the battleground!

The header at the top of this page features an excerpt from Henry McArdle's Battle of San Jacinto (1895).  The original painting can be seen at the Texas State Capitol.  Published courtesy of the State Preservation Board.


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