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2017-08-10

198th Anniversary of the Battle of Medina

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Everyone is invited to attend the 17th annual ceremony and symposium commemorating the Battle of Medina— the bloodiest battle in Texas history. The Battle of Medina occurred on Aug. 18, 1813, between the Royal Spanish Army and the Republican Army of the North. Between 800 and 1.300 Americans, Tejanos, Native Americans and Spanish soldiers died in this battle.
Beginning at 10 am, Saturday, Aug. 19, a commemorative ceremony will be held under the large oak trees on Old Applewhite Road, near where it intersects with Bruce Road in Atascosa County, north or Poteet, between US281 and St Hwy 16. A Color Guard will present flags from the countries involved. Members of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will rededicate a plague to honor those American Patriots of the American Revolution who died in the battle. Descendants of American Patriot Peter Sides will honor his service.
Wreaths will be laid by the DAR, Daughters of the Republic of Texas and Daughters of the War of 1812. Other organizations expected to participate are the Sons of the Republic of Texas, Sons of the American Revolution, and the Mayflower Society.
The Battle of Medina ceremony will be at the Atascosa County Leming Annex (old Leming school). Opening remarks will be given by Lila Rakoczy, Ph. D., Program Coordinator. Texas Historical Commission and Robert H. Thonhoff, former President of the Texas State Historical Association, author and former Karnes County Judge.
Speakers at the symposium include:
Jo Anne Gonzales Murphy, MS-Psych, ABD(PHD)
Al McGraw, archaeologist, TxDot Enviromental Affairs Division (retired)
Jose "Joe" Lopez, author, founder of Teiano Learning Center, LLC.
Dr. Ana Caroline Castillo Crimm, Professor Emeritus, Sam Houston State University
Dr. Amy Porter, associate prof. of history, Texas A&M San Antonio
Dan Arellano. President, Battle of Medina Society
James Bernsen, MA history, Southwest Texas State University
Brian Stauffer, Spanish translator, Texas General Land Office
Historical re-enactors Eric Morrell and Mike Reynolds, along with others will set up a historically accurate 1813 camp.
Exhibitors will be selling books, maps, postcards and other Texas history memorabilia.
Including: Order of Grenaderos y Damas de Galvez, Canary Islands Descendants Association, Jesse Villareal and more.