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200th Anniversary of the Battle of Medina - August 17th & 18th
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 • Posted August 1, 2013

The public is invited to attend the two day ceremony commemorating the 200th 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 men died in this all but forgotten battle which historians have named the Gutierrez-Magee Expedition. Since August 18th is on Sunday this year, we will hold an all day seminar at the Church of Christ located at 1003 North Main Street in Pleasanton, Texas beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2013, courtesy of Norman Porter, Atascosa County Historical Committee Chairman.

We will have several speakers you will want to hear, including Robert Thonhoff, award winning author; Frank de la Teja, PhD. the former State Historian from Texas State University; Caroline Castillo Crimm, Ph.D., Sam Houston State University History Department; Brad Folsum, Ph.D. North Texas University History Department; Francis X. Galan, Ph.D. UTSA History Department; William McWhorter, Program Coordinator Military Sites Program for the Texas Historical Commission; Jose Barragan, with the Texas General Land Office, Stephen Cure, Director of Educational Services for the Texas State Historical Association; Dan Arellano, historian and author; Doc L’Herisson historian from Louisiana along with Anthony Delgado, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Los Bexarenos; Larry Kirkpatrick, historian and speaker; Al McGraw formerly with the Texas Department of Transportation; District Judge Bob Perkins and others. Then at 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening, August 17, 2013, we will gather under the large Oak trees on Old Applewhite Road where we have held a memorial ceremony for the past 12 years. Signs will be on Highway 281, where you turn west to get to the site of the ceremony.

Again at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning, August 18, 2013 we will gather again under the large Oak trees on Old Applewhite Road to hold a second memorial ceremony on the actual 200th Anniversary of the battle which included Texas at the time of the War of 1812, as well as the other countries in this hemisphere that were at war during this turbulent period in our history. Everyone interested in history is invited to attend.

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 Spaniards, Tejanos, Native Americans, and 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 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 are eligible for membership in the DRT and the SRT. Over the past 12 years the SAR, DAR, SRT, DRT, Mayflower Society, the Daughter of the War of 1812 have dedicated markers to the men who fought and died in this battle, and they will rededicate their markers at both the Saturday evening ceremony and the Sunday memorial ceremony. This year we will dedicate a marker from the General Society of the War of 1812, on this 200tth anniversary of this war, with the National President General Lawrence Casey in attendance to dedicate the marker.

Signs will be placed on U.S. Highway 281 where you turn to the west on to the Old Pleasanton Road. Signs will also be where Bruce Road branches off of Old Pleasanton Road. Signs will also be where Old Applewhite Road branches off Bruce Road. Contact Tom Green at or 713-340-1965 if you need additional directions.

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