On my recent trip to the Valley we drove through the town of Goliad. For those of you who weren't schooled on the legends of Texas, Goliad was the site of the bloodiest massacre of the Texas Revolution. James Fannin and his men were forced to surrender upon the open plain after fighting with Mexican forces. After learning of Fannin's surrender, Santa Anna sent word to Goliad that the Texas soldiers were to be executed.
The cries of "Remember the Alamo!" and "Remember Goliad!" rang loud along the San Jacinto River (just east of modern day Houston) just a month later when Sam Houston lead the Texas army to victory.