The Heart of Texas Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) will hold its next meeting on Monday, April 12, in the Striegler Military Complex at the Heart of Texas Historical Museum. The meeting will begin at 3:00 PM and is open to the public.
The DRT would like to remind everyone that April 21 will be honored throughout the state as San Jacinto Day. On this date, in 1836, General Sam Houston and the Texas Army defeated Santa Anna’s Mexican troops in the Battle of San Jacinto. This battle occurred following the burning of nearby Harrisburg (present day Houston). On the next day, the Texians captured Santa Anna and the Mexican forces began their retreat beyond the Rio Grande River.
Active at the Battle of San Jacinto, a young Sergeant Benjamin McCulloch, a volunteer from Tennessee, was in charge of one of the guns called, "the two sisters" which were instrumental in the victory of the Texians. Ben McCulloch (1811-1862) served in the Army of the Republic of Texas and later joined the Army of the Confederate States of America. He was killed during the Battle of Pea Ridge (aka: Elk Horn Tavern), Arkansas. McCulloch County was named in his honor when it was created after Texas became one of the United States of America. He is buried in the State Cemetery in Austin, TX. In his memory, Shelly Perkins will present his biography as recorded in the The Southern Illustrated of Richmond, Virginia, as printed in 1862.
The program for the meeting will also include several projects associated with preparation for the DRT’s 119
Additional information is available from the president, Sharon Purcell, at 597-2887 in Brady; from the registrar, Jerry Wilkinson, of Rochelle, at 243-5344; and from Julie Harrison, of Mason, at 347-1070. Also available is information about the Heart of Texas Chapter of the Children of the Republic of Texas (CRT), which is sponsored by the Daughters of the Republic.
th State Convention being held in Houston, Texas, May 12 – 15. These projects include work on the chapter scrapbook, labels for the Texas Battle Flags and preparation of items for sale at the Convention.