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Remember Goliad!: A History of La Bahía

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Craig H. Roell (Author)


When Sam Houston's soldiers secured the independence of Texas at San Jacinto, their battle cry was "Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!" Craig H. Roell's lively study brings to life the latter community.

The sites that established this sleepy town in Texas historical consciousness were made infamous by two of the most controversial episodes of the Texas Revolution: the Fannin Battleground at Coleto Creek, and Nuestra Señora de Loreto (popularly called Presidio La Bahía), where the Goliad Massacre took place on Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836.

The book tells the sad story of James Fannin and his men, who surrendered to Mexican forces with the understanding that they would be treated as prisoners of war, and then were massacred on orders from Santa Anna. Like the men who died at the Alamo, the nearly 350 men who died at Goliad became heroes of the struggle for Texas independence. Remember Goliad! should help dispell the clouds that have obscured the events at Goliad.

Craig H. Roell is a native of Victoria, Texas, and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin.He is the author of The Piano in America, 1890–1940 (University of North Carolina Press, 1989) and Remember Goliad! (Texas State Historical Association, 1994). Roell is Professor of Economic, Business, and Cultural History at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, where he was named Wells/Warren Professor of the Year (2002, 2013).