Goliad Massacre Participant Information
All Citizens of
Texas! All citizens of other close-by countries!
19th Annual Reenactment of the
The Last days of Col. Fannin's Command
"Their Date With Destiny"
“The Goliad Massacre”
" The Premier
Texas Revolution Living History Program"
Will be Presented On
March 27 & 28, 2004
El Presidio La Bahia
The Crossroads of Texas Living History
"One can not help but feel the presence of those who were there in
Henry’s Journal, March 27, 2001 -Henry Wolff, Jr., columnist - The
Goliad, Texas--Welcome to the 19th Reenactment of the last days of
Fannin's Command. While we, the reenactors, portray the life and times
of the 19th century as accurately as possible, we are restrained by
today's environs. We present a 2-week period compressed into a 2-day
program. The battle scenes are not meant to be actual recreations but
to give an insight into military methods and tactics of the day. The
Fort's camp life is meant to do the same. 1st & 3rd Person
impressionss are used. A person doing a 1st Person impression knows
only of the events that have transpired prior to the day you are
speaking (March 27, 1836). In 3rd person, a first person impression is
done, but when necessary he will come out of 1st person to give a
better explanation to you, the 21st century General Public. You may
wonder about the number of women and children present. There were
refugees passing through here on their flight from the Mexican Army. To
many of the reenactors, this is a family activity and the whole family
is included whenever and wherever possible.
There is a small admission fee. This goes for the operation of the Fort
during the year.
Children: ages, 5 to 11---$1.00 +$1.00 for Candle light Tour
Adults: $3.00 + $2.00 for Candle Light Tour
Candle light Tour tickets Not available without general admission ticket
Children: ages, 5 to 11---$1.00, Adults: $3.00
Fort Defiance, Goliad, Texas - Opens at 9:00 a.m. - 3 skirmishes;
lectures on area history; living history and camp life of both Texican
and Mexican abound inside Fort Defiance. There is enough
going on to keep you busy until closing at 5:00 p.m.
The famous Candle Light Tour -7:00 p.m. till about 10:30 p.m. is the
time to experience an emotion filled tour of the Presidio under
Mexican control. In the main barracks, you'll see an
exchange between Mexican officers and Texan doctors treating the
Mexican Wounded. The Texas prisoners are in under guard in the
Northeast corner of the compound. In the Officer's quarters
you'll witness a very heated discussion between the Mexican officers
when they received the order to put all the Texans to
death. Following that you enter the chapel full of
Texas wounded. In a side alcove you will witness Col. Fannin's
wounded leg being attended to by Dr. Bernand. If there is
any sign of life in your body you will be moved by this tour.
El Presidio La Bahia, Goliad, Texas - Opens at 9:00 a.m.
This is the beginning of a sobering program that occurred here on Palm
Sunday, March 27, 1836. The program begins with excitement
in the air amongst the prisoners. Many believe they are
headed for Copano where they will board a ship for home.
Others are told, they will be gathering firewood. The Isaac
Hamilton saga - the prisoner- a stirring account of one man's
ordeal. Travel to one of three actual massacre sites for
the re-enactment of the massacre. Back at the compound, The
Isaac Hamilton saga - the survivor- continues; then the massacre of
Col. James Fannin and the Texas wounded. After a short program in
the Chapel (still in use today by the Catholic Church) everyone gathers
behind the country and state flags of the Fannin command for a short
walk to the Fannin Monument. This is the final
resting-place for the remains of the fallen heroes of
Goliad. After a short ceremony, you'll be on you way home
before 2p.m. Go home safely, we want to see you next year
You can contact the Presidio for further details.
Presidio La Bahia, PO Box 57, GOLIAD, TX
77963 361-645- 3752
Read more of Henry’s Journal -Henry Wolff, Jr., columnist - The
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