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The Battle of Medina – Texas History

by Tom G Glass

I did not know about the Battle of Medina until just a few years ago. What is mind boggling about that is that it was the bloodiest battle in Texas history, and yet very few know about it. The battle occurred on August 18, 1813.

The battle was a fascinating confluence of the extended fight for independence of Mexico from Spain with early extension of American power under the Monroe Doctrine.

The other fascinating part of this story is that this was the first time that Texas was an independent republic. The first Republic of Texas only lasted for 4 months from April 6, 1813 until the battle on August 18.

The whole independence attempt was kicked off by Jose Bernardo Gutierrez when he was commissioned to seek aid for the Mexican war for independence in Washington, D.C. He met with then Secretary of State, James Monroe. In a move smacking of plausible deniability and Mission Impossible, a U.S. Army Lieutenant, Augustus Magee, third in his class at West Point, resigned his commission in the Army and joined up with Gutierrez to recruit an army of frontiersmen to help Texas win its independence from Spain.

This Gutierrez-Magee expedition kicked off on August 8, 1812. The force captured Nacogdoches, then Trinidad on the Trinity River, then Goliad and the fort there, La Bahia. There was a lot of fighting at Goliad, but finally the force captured San Antonio and Texas declared independence from Spain and became an independent Republic on April 6, 1813.

But then, the empire struck back. Joaquin de Arredondo, the Spanish government leader of the area raised an army around 1,800 men and marched on San Antonio to take on an army of 1,400 made up of militia from San Antonio and surrounding area, the American frontiersmen, some Indians, and deserters from the Spanish Army.

Magee had died of fever during the invasion, so the commander of the republicans was led by a new general, Jose Alvarez de Toledo. Toledo wanted to ambush Arredondo on the way to San Antonio, so the battle was fought in Atascosa County south of San Antonio close to the Medina River in land that was very sandy with intermittent scrub oak.

The battle was a close run thing. At one point the republicans captured several batteries of the royalists and were flanking them, too. Arredondo had issued orders to retreat until a republican defector told him that the republicans were very tired and thirsty from fighting through the sand on the hot August day. But finally, the republicans broke, and it became a slaughter. Only 100 of the 1,400 republicans who went into battle survived. The royalists lost only 55.

The treatment of the people of San Antonio by Arredondo was horrendous. The remains of the republican dead were left to rot on the battlefield and remained there until Mexico finally won its independence in 1821. When the royalists marched into San Antonio after the battle, they pulled 327 local San Antonio men into the streets and shot them. They turned out their children into the streets without parents because the widows were put into a prison where they were repeatedly raped and beaten. Arredondo sent a force to chase down native Tejanos running away and gave them similar treatment when caught. And then they repeated the drill to a lesser extent in Nacogdoches.

This memory must have been burned into the survivors in San Antonio. Knowing this history makes me admire even greater the heroism of Juan Seguin and his Tejano fighters from San Antonio in the 1835-36 revolution, just 22 years later.

And there is one other mind-blowing revelation about this battle. There was a young officer in Arredondo’s royalist army that learned the brutal methods of Arredondo very well. That officer’s name was Santa Anna.

Ignoble

Words By John Dalton

***NOTICE*** Tomorrow, July 28th, at 10:00 am there will be a Rally at Alamo Plaza. This Rally is the starting point for the fight of People of Texas to oppose the desecration of the Cenotaph dedicated in 1940 for the Heroes of the Alamo.

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IGNOBLE /ig nobel/ adjective 1. Not honorable in character or purpose.

There are no crosses row on row that mark their passing into glory.
Santa Anna roared, ”pile their bodies up and burn them”. Black smoke boiling to the winter sky. The stench.

IGNOBLE.

Almost one year later, Seguin returned with orders: ”locate and inter the bodies of the Defenders of the Alamo”.
With heavy heart he did his duty. Three great funeral pyres whose ashes, bits and bones he buried in a nearby peach orchard.
No gravestone marked their passing. They were just the unknown dead and nothing more.

IGNOBLE.

100 years would pass…the State of Texas, that owed its very life to these brave men, remembered. A Cenotaph. An empty grave to mark the deaths of these immortals. The only gravestone for these valiant.

Now almost 80 years on…..move it. It obscures the view. It does not fit our narrative. 10,000 years of history. The battle was but 13 days.

IGNOBLE.

We have a place. On Market Street….where buses roar and Samuel Gomphers stands. Let’s hide it there….away from curious eyes. No, it doesn’t matter what these men did…or that Texas owes them her very life. Their death and memorial are an inconvenient truth.
Why honor them? They are long dead. They interfere with the image of the “New” San Antonio. The “New” Alamo. The “New” Texas.
Why honor them? All they did was die. They did not destroy Santa Anna’s army. They did not stop the onslaught. They died. Nothing more.

IGNOBLE.

It is true that they died. All of them. Women, children, and a slave or two was all that was left the Alamo.
Santa Anna despised them, as much as some do, today. Pirates…nothing more.

IGNOBLE.

Yet these men laid down their lives to buy time. A few days. Gather troops and train. Flee to the east. Pick our ground. Attack. Vanquish.
All because these men laid down their lives for 13 precious days.
These volunteers…they sacrificed themselves that Texas might live.
She still lives today……because of them.

NOBLE

Tomorrow, July 28th, at 10:00 am there will be a Rally at Alamo Plaza. This Rally is the starting point for the fight of People of Texas to oppose the desecration of the Cenotaph dedicated in 1940 for the Heroes of the Alamo.

The Land Commissioner and the City Council of San Antonio want to move the Cenotaph.

We, the People of Texas, must oppose this IGNOBLE act in every way possible!

Update: Dale Huls on “United Texans TEA Party” mailer

UPDATE: United Texans Tea Party Mailer May 19, 2014 11:07pm

From Dale Huls:
“Folks, in the interest of truth and transparency, I wish to provide an update to my earlier email regarding the mailer that has caused such a controversy over the last couple of days. Due to the diligence of one of my tea party friends, she uncovered an issue in my earlier statement regarding the involvement of the Tea Party Express and the TeaParty.Net in the funding of this mailer as stated earlier.

When I was contacted about the mailer, one of the first things I asked was “who is funding this?” In a subsequent phone call, I was told that the Tea Party Express and TeaParty.Net were involved in this effort which I reported in today’s email. However, my friend (who is a Patrick supporter) dug deeper and contacted both groups to verify my earlier claims. What she found out was that they claimed to have no knowledge or involvement regarding the flyer in question. Furthermore, she sent me statements from both organizations verifying their non involvement (see below). My friend gave me time to contact the person who originally approached me to get their side of the story. As it turns out, it was claimed that when I asked who was behind this flyer that he was still talking about organizations that could be involved. Misunderstanding or miscommunication – I don’t know.

So now I know that no national tea party organizations were involved, I asked the question again, “who is funding this mailer?” At this point I was told that unnamed donors were responsible for the funding and he would not reveal their names. So was it the Koch brothers, Karl Rove, George Soros, or the Easter Bunny…who the hell knows because I surely don’t. That is the truth.

I thought I had checked this out beforehand. I Googled the dude and found that he had a Tea Party Express affiliation and just assumed this was legit. For this I apologize. If I had been told that unnamed donors were behind this, Mary and I never would have assisted with the flyer by giving it a Texas return address.

Finally, while the origins of the mailer may be sketchy, I still endorse the slate of candidates it represents. I have no knowledge, proof, or suspicion that any of the four candidate’s campaigns was involved in the manufacture and mailing of this flyer. Do not make any unfounded assumptions…just look at me when I made an assumption.

Again I want to thank my friend for sharing this information with me and allowing me to tell you the truth myself. As a Patrick supporter, she could have certainly ambushed me and attacked my integrity and truthfulness. I don’t lie. Whether you agree with me or not, I tell the truth as I know it. When I make a mistake it is an honest one. I hope my friend understands how much I value her faith in me.

The following are the statements from two tea party organizations regarding this issue:
It has been incorrectly stated that TheTeaParty.Net was part of a group of organizations involved with funding a recent Texas mailer under the banner of “The United Texas Tea Party.” TheTeaParty.Net had nothing to do with this mailer in any regard. We ask that anyone who has spread this misinformation to send communications correcting the record.

Todd Cefaratti, Founder & President, TheTeaParty.net

“[This person] is a fundraising consultant that does help us from time to time. He called around to Tea Party groups to see whether there was support for this, but didn’t find enough support.

So we told him that we were not interested after checking around with Tea Party people in Texas, we found that there was mostly support for Patrick over Dewhurst and even some division in the Christian race… we decided to decline it.”

Sal Russo
Founder, Tea Party Express

Dale Huls”

Original
“To all concerned,

Recently I was contacted about the possibility of the Clear Lake Tea Party sponsoring a mailer regarding four statewide races of whose candidates we endorsed. I was told that their was a potential 700,000 Statewide distribution list that we could reach out to for our endorsed candidates.

This flyer was funded primarily by the following national groups: Vision for America, Tea Party Express and Tea Party.Net. They were looking to give a Texas flavor since several Texas tea parties had endorsed this slate and asked the CLTP to sponsor this at no cost to the CLTP. Ultimately, the CLTP Board decided to not sign on to the mailer as they objected to language of describing the four candidates as “Tea Party Champions”. Although we endorsed these candidates as the best opportunity to further tea party goals and objectives for the next four years, Wayne Christen is the only candidate that has actually got down in the trenches with the tea party and can be considered a legitimate “Tea Party Champion”.

Therefore, the mailer was sent out under the name of “United Texans Tea Party” as an umbrella group specifically formed to manage the mailer and give voice to those tea parties and tea party activists that are supporting these candidates. Mary and I were asked to supply a return address on the mailer and we decided to let them use Mary’s old campaign P.O. Box address.

I know that many Tea Party opponents of Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and erstwhile supporters of Dan Patrick are calling this mailer a “dirty trick” and are claiming that the Lt. Gov campaign team has sent this flyer out. They are simply assuming this to be the case without any evidence or facts to back up their assumptions. I did not have any discussions with the campaign’s of any of these candidates but only with a representative of the Tea Party Express regarding this flyer.

I personally do not have a problem with national tea party groups helping out those local Texas tea parties who have made choices for which there is agreement. If Senator Cruz had not received out of State help in his successful run for Senate he may have not prevailed at all. Now, I believe that David Dewhurst was not elected to the Senate so that he could learn from his experience and continue to serve Texas as Lt. Gov. Consequently, if I do not condem Senator Cruz for receiving out of State help, how can I condem the Lt. Gov. I do not understand the hysteria from other Texas Tea Party organizations regarding legitimate tea party support for the Lt. Governor. In our opinion, Dan Patrick is not a tea party “savior” and we have made our own thoughtful choice in this matter. It would be the height of hubris to assume that all tea parties in Texas are of a single mind when it comes to the endorsement of candidates. In many tea parties opinion, Debra Medina was a hands down favorite of the tea party, yet, some tea parties threw their support to Glen Hegar for TX Comptroller. And in the last Senate race with Cornyn, some tea parties chose Stovall and others chose Stockman.

We do not seek a savior, we make our own best choices. Yet, we are ever mindful of the higher principles and values that do unite all tea parties in Texas. While we seek solutions to the ills and problems that challenge our beloved State, please allow us the independence and freedom of choice to act in those ways we think is best for our State. I hope that the tea parties of Texas do not start to enforce their own brand of “political correctness” and “orthodoxy” in the liberty movement of Texas.

Be at peace and support your candidate as best you can. Let’s not turn differences in candidate choices into a blood sport. In the long run, no matter who is elected, the Texas tea parties must continue to work together to make Texas strong.

Dale Huls”

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“Tea Parties Need to Take a Second Look at Lt. Gov. Dewhurst”

dale huls

“Here we are just days away from the 2014 Republican Primary Run-off Elections. Patrick or Dewhurst…Dewhurst or Patrick, is there a clear and simple choice for the Texas Tea Party movement? Is there one candidate that the tea party can trust to advance our agenda of personal freedom, economic freedom and a debt-free future for our children and grandchildren? Who knows? Ultimately, it’s a crap-shoot…or is it? Let’s look a little deeper now that we only have two choices left for the Republican Lt. Governor candidate.

To be fair, I have supported Lt. Gov. Dewhurst for re-election since the four challengers (Dewhurst, Patrick, Patterson, and Staples) announced their candidacies. This surprised many of my friends in the tea party movement. They looked at me like I had two heads (and both of them crazy). How could I support Dewhurst! Look at what he did to Ted Cruz during the US Senate campaign! He’s the establishment in Austin that we are fighting against! Talk about hard to defend your pick, it didn’t get any harder than this.

Indeed, even before the campaign season started…for most tea parties…David Dewhurst was not an option. Opinions were already set. An unspoken “anybody but Dewhurst” approach was pursued by everyone driven by their revulsion of the previous “scorched earth” tactics used against Ted Cruz and the continuing overspending and increases in the Texas State budget. Indeed, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst had become radioactive to the vast majority of tea parties in Texas. It seemed that everyone, including my own tea party, was searching for reasons to support one of the other remaining candidates. And for the most part, they found one reason or another to throw their support to one of the other three. The Clear Lake Tea Party endorsed Todd Staples by an overwhelming majority. It was a cold and lonely place on the CLTP Board standing up for Dewhurst and my arguments fell on deaf ears.

Yet, in the months before that vote to endorse Staples. Like many others, I was also looking for that “white knight” tea party candidate who would champion our principles and causes. However, Ted Cruz and Louie Gohmert already had jobs. So I sat down and did my own analysis of the Republican candidates with their names in the hat.

Ordinarily, Patrick should be a shoo-in for tea party support. He truly does have one of the more conservative voting records in the Texas Senate. He did form the Texas Legislative Tea Party Caucus during the 82nd legislative session. Additionally, he assembled a Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee composed of many leading tea party activists in the State to advise the caucus. So why was this not a slam dunk for Senator Patrick? Patrick claims that new “authentic conservative” leadership is needed in the Lt. Governor’s office. Maybe the problem seems to be with the word “authentic.” The sense of many in the tea party was that they were being “played.” Several Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee members have said that the Texas Tea Party Caucus has been ineffective in setting tea party supported policies and championing them in the legislature. Although Patrick often casts conservative votes on many issues (such as his voting against the State budget this session), his votes are never a deciding vote. Patrick also has a reputation as a “bully” and an “ideologue,” which was visibly demonstrated when he stormed the House floor to confront Rep. Steve Toth over his CSCOPE oversight bill which Patrick promised to scuttle in a backroom deal with the CSCOPE administrators. This particular instance gave some in the tea party a deep glimpse into his character. Some of us still remember, Dan Patrick’s ambush interview of Ted Cruz on his radio show that upset the grassroots state-wide. With his election year revelation regarding Lt. Gov. Dewhurst’s leadership abilities, the tea party grassroots should remain unconvinced of Senator Patrick’s motivations and ultimate goals. Ultimately, I decided that Dan Patrick was no “tea party champion.”

So if not Dan Patrick, what other choice is left? It was not enough to only vote against someone. I needed to vote for someone in this election, so I gave David Dewhurst another look. I found that the original disagreements over spending and the State budget with Dewhurst still remain. I am still against the water amendment (No. 6) passed in November that was supported by the Lt. Governor. However, as I looked at the overall performance of Texas during the national financial crisis starting last decade and the hardships and anti-prosperity policies of the Obama regime, I began to evaluate things in a different light.

The tea parties are looked at as the L’Enfant Terrible of the Republican Party. We are conservatives who are terrifyingly candid by saying embarrassing things to and about the Republican Establishment. We are also portrayed as uncompromising and naive with respect to politics. While it may be true about us saying candid things that embarrass the establishment, we are growing up and maturing.

Getting past the Senate race campaign, the State budget, and a revolving-fund water amendment, I began to focus on the whole Dewhurst record. I discovered that he has be responsible for increasing the DPS budget by $800 Million to build the infrastructure necessary for Texas to be able to close its own borders for the first time. That after Patrick’s Sonogram Bill stalled in the Senate that Dewhurst personally pushed through the bill’s passage in the Senate. That under Dewhurst, as Lt. Governor, Texas has had lawsuit reform, election reform, stopped the State from adopting Medicare expansion, rejected Common Core, and greatly expanded our internal energy sources. With these in mind, I looked at other States and how they are faring with respect to Texas. Texas leads the nation in job growth. One third of all jobs created in America are in Texas. Approximately, 1200 people a day from other States come to Texas. If Texas has been so bad under the watch of Lt. Governor Dewhurst, then why are we in such great shape compared to the rest of the country?

After I looked at the Lt. Governor’s entire record, I next looked at the man. Who was this guy who ran such a cutthroat campaign against Ted Cruz who I actively supported during the campaign? Who was this politician that from the CLTP perspective seemed hardly to recognize that there was a Texas tea party movement? My questions were answered as I worked with the Dewhurst campaign team last year when they reached out to grassroots around Texas. I and other activists were brutally honest with our advice to the Dewhurst campaign. Sometimes our suggestions and input were taken and acted upon, sometimes not. However, they kept coming back and asking. That is all we in the tea party are asking for. A chance to be heard! We know that we won’t get everything we ask for, but that is all right. As long as you are listening and making valued, principled judgments, I am okay with being on the losing side of things from time to time. Just ask my CLTP Board!

And then, I finally got to interact with David Dewhurst directly. From the time I spent with him in person and on the phone, I gathered my own sense of the man and who I thought he was. I got a feeling of “authenticity,” “integrity,” and “sincerity” from the Lt. Governor. He seemed earnest that I understand his positions and rationale, yet was never condescending or dismissive over my concerns and issues. Sometimes we would agree to disagree and others I could see enlightenment enter his eyes regarding concepts and concerns he had previously not thought of. For the first time my personal assessment agreed with my political assessment, that I was indeed backing the right horse in this race.

Like I said before, backing Dewhurst was a lonely place in the tea party. However, after the primary and the field now down to just two candidates, the CLTP was trying to figure out what its next steps would be regarding the run-off. The Patrick team contacted Robert Gonzalez, then President of the CLTP, to set up a meeting to “bury the hatchet” regarding our opposition to his candidacy for Lt. Governor. We agreed, and in good conscience, Robert decided it was only fair to give Dewhurst a similar opportunity to address our tea party board. Dewhurst accepted our invitation and on a Friday at the First Baptist Church of Seabrook, the Lt. Governor sat with the CLTP Executive Board. Sitting down, the CLTP Board was very anti-Dewhurst for all the reasons previously stated. My fellow board members began questioning with a vengeance and hitting on topics like education, the TSA anti-groping bill that failed, the Wendy Davis filibuster, budget issues, border security, open carry, Obamacare, tort reform, local elections and debt reform to name just a few. Dewhurst spent three and a half hours with us answering questions, giving background information, and discussing problems and solutions. After our meeting, my fellow board members seemed rather stunned at the way things had turned out. I was asked “was that for real” to which I replied “that is the David Dewhurst I have been working with for months, you are just seeing this for the first time.” In fact, one of my friends on the board commented that “if this is for real, I owe you an apology.” No apology needed. I understood their mindset intimately because it was once my own.

After a week of reflection and debate, the Clear Lake Tea Party Executive Board announced their endorsement and support of Lt. Governor David Dewhurst for re-election as Texas Lt. Governor. To those who read these words, take note that it is a rare thing that so many strong and opinionated people can re-evaluate their positions, change their minds and publicly reverse their stance.

But this is not the end of this story. If it was just the CLTP Board who reconsidered their opinion of David Dewhurst and ended up supporting him, it could be looked at as an atypical outcome in a turbulent political season. But the story doesn’t just end there. Immediately upon the announcement that the Clear Lake Tea Party had formally endorsed Dewhurst for Lt. Governor, all the leadership of the surrounding area tea parties began to question the wisdom and sanity of backing the Dewhurst. In order to answer this question, the CLTP organized another meeting with Dewhurst and the leadership of six area tea parties all mainly hostile to the Lt. Governor last week.

Folks, lightning struck twice. After the meeting, what were once critics of David Dewhurst came out with a new understanding and perspective of the man and his efforts for Texas. Within a day, two tea parties that were represented by their boards immediately endorsed David Dewhurst for Lt. Governor and representatives of the others went back to advocate an endorsement from their respective boards. Their decisions are pending. What all this demonstrates is that if the tea parties of Texas temper their initial opposition and take a hard long second look at both candidates, they just might come to a different conclusion regarding the candidates.

Finally, do a grassroots activist’s due diligence by throwing out conventional wisdom and judge the situation on the entirety of the facts present. Get your facts first-hand by doing your own research, picking up the phone or setting up a meeting. Oh, by the way, how did the CLTP meeting with Dan Patrick go you may ask? After several canceled meetings by the Patrick team, we were never able to get him to sit down with our board. Who knows, what would have happened if he had thought it important to keep his appointments with the Clear Lake Tea Party.

Dale Huls is a founding member of the Clear Lake Tea Party. ”

http://bigjollypolitics.com/2014/05/01/tea-parties-need-take-second-look-lt-gov-dewhurst/

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