News: GOLIAD — Oct. 10, 1835 “THE BATTLE OF GOLIAD!”
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At approximately 5:30am
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We are “Live” from Goliad, Texas where we have just learned that Texian forces launched a surprise attack this morning on the Mexican Army garrisoned at Presidio La Bahía.
Earlier this cold morning, a couple of hours ago, four groups of armed revolutionary patriots were stealthily making their way in the dark to their pre-planned positions, making ready for their assault on a Mexican forces garrisoned at “Presidio La Bahía”, near Goliad.
The plan was for four different groups to launch a sneak attack after dark on the fortress held by the Mexican Army.
Three assault groups were made up of the of the fighting Texians from the “Matagorda Volunteer Company” under the command of George M. Collinsworth and one group consisted of the fighting Tejanos from the “Tejano Volunteer Company” led by Plácido Benavides.
We have identified one of the fighting Tejanos as Gregorio Esparza.
In the pre-dawn hours the Texians and Tejanos attacked.
A Mexican sentry who was keeping watch that night saw the Texians and Tejanos coming so he immediately gave the alarm. One of the Texians then shot him dead.
The Texians and Tejanos then proceeded to hack through a door on the north wall of the fortress with axes the local citizens had brought them.
We are being told that when the attacking forces successfully entered the courtyard charging, and as they reached the Mexican officers' quarters, a shot rang out and a young Matagorda Volunteer leading the charge – was shot.
The Texians and Tejanos then returned fire for approximately 30 minutes.
When the fighting subsided for a minute, a fighting Texian from Matagorda yelled out,
"We will massacre everyone of you, unless you come out immediately and surrender”!
The Mexican garrison then immediately chose to surrender and the Texian/Tejano revolutionary forces won the day.
This is a victory for Texas freedom and independence.
We are now being told that “The Battle of Goliad”, as it’s being called, is now over.
Also, just in - The young Texian Patriot shot this morning was 25 years old and had just recently enlisted.
History will now remember this young patriot as the "1st Texan Casualty" of the revolution.
His name has now been released; “Samuel McCulloch Jr.”, a free black man fighting with the Matagorda Volunteer Company. Our prayers are with him and his family.
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