Sunday, February 26, 2012
Many people remember the Alamo, but relatively few know of the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836. After leading Santa Anna's Mexican army through a prolonged tour of the Texas countryside, Sam Houston had his Texan army stop and turn to face their enemy. When the Texans launched their attack, they caught the Mexicans literally napping, as Santa Anna - reportedly engaged in a romantic interlude with a young lady at the time - had forgotten to post guards while his entire army enjoyed their customary afternoon siesta. The result was an utter rout, with the Texans losing a total of 9 men out of 910; the Mexicans, on the other hand, lost about half of their 1360 men, with the remainder captured - including Santa Anna himself, who tried to escape dressed as a low-ranking soldier, but was identified by his ubiquitous silk underwear.