The Battle of Goliad was the second skirmish of the Texas Revolution.
Early on October 9, 1835, rebellious Texas settlers attacked the Mexican
Army soldiers garrisoned at Presidio La Bahía (pictured), a fort near
the Mexican Texas settlement of Goliad. It was halfway between the
Mexican garrison at San Antonio de Béxar and the major port of Copano.
Texians were plotting to kidnap Mexican General Martín Perfecto de Cos,
who was en route to Goliad, although they knew before their arrival that
he had departed for San Antonio de Béxar. The garrison at La Bahía was
understaffed and could not mount an effective defense of the perimeter.
Using axes borrowed from townspeople, the Texians chopped through a door
and entered the complex before the bulk of the soldiers were aware of
their presence. After a 30-minute battle, the Mexican garrison
surrendered. The majority of the Mexican soldiers were instructed to
leave Texas, and the Texians confiscated $10,000 worth of provisions and
several cannons, later used in the Siege of Béxar. The victory isolated
Cos's men in Béxar from the coast, forcing them to rely on a long
overland march to request or receive reinforcements or supplies.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Goliad>
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Jersey, was dedicated.
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