This Week In Texas History


March 2015 - Week 4                                                 AUDIO VERSION

                                                                                                                

ANGEL OF GOLIAD
This Week In Texas History...

MARCH 1836 AND AN ANGEL APPEARS IN GOLIAD.


THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY, BROUGHT TO YOU BY 930 AM THE ANSWER, ALAMO
CITY REPUBLICAN WOMEN, AND THE SAVE TEXAS HISTORY PROGRAM OF THE
GENERAL LAND OFFICE.


MARCH 26, 1836. GOLIAD. AFTER A BRIEF BATTLE, COL. JAMES FANNIN
SURRENDERS TO MEXICAN TROOPS AND OVER 400 TEXANS BECOME PRISONERS.


USUALLY, THE RULES OF WAR DICTATE THAT PRISONERS ARE PAROLED. SINGING
SONGS AND LAUGHING, THE MEN PREPARE TO GO HOME.


THE NEXT DAY, PALM SUNDAY, THEY ARE MARCHED INTO THE WOODS… AND
SHOT. SANTA ANNA HAD ORDERED THEIR EXECUTION AS REBELS. OVER 300 WERE
KILLED.


BUT ABOUT TWENTY MEN WERE SPARED BY THE INTERVENTION OF A WOMAN
NAMED FRANCITA ALAVEZ. AN OFFICER’S MISTRESS, ALAVEZ HAD TAKEN PITY ON
THE TEXANS AND BEGGED FOR THEIR LIFE. SHE BECAME KNOWN AS THE ANGEL
OF GOLIAD.


FRANCITA THE ANGEL APPEARED AT GOLIAD THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY.


LEARN MORE AT SAVETEXASHISTORY.ORG OR CALL 800-998-4GLO.


George O. Coalson, "ALAVEZ, FRANCITA," Handbook of Texas Online
(http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fal53), accessed March 12, 2015. Uploaded on June 9, 2010.
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.


Harbert Davenport and Craig H. Roell, "GOLIAD MASSACRE," Handbook of Texas Online
(http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qeg02), accessed March 12, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010.
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.