Eighteen Minutes: The Battle of San Jacinto and the Texas Independence Campaign

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It was the decisive eighteen-minute Battle of San Jacinto where the famous words "Remember the Alamo!" were first shouted. In Eighteen Minutes, Stephen L. Moore describes the momentous battle that established the independent Lone Star Republic. Told largely through the eyes of the participants, the recollections included here are words from over 120 Texan and Mexican soldiers. The book follows General Sam Houston as he takes command of the Texas Volunteers to lead them to victory six weeks after the fall of the ...
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Overview

It was the decisive eighteen-minute Battle of San Jacinto where the famous words "Remember the Alamo!" were first shouted. In Eighteen Minutes, Stephen L. Moore describes the momentous battle that established the independent Lone Star Republic. Told largely through the eyes of the participants, the recollections included here are words from over 120 Texan and Mexican soldiers. The book follows General Sam Houston as he takes command of the Texas Volunteers to lead them to victory six weeks after the fall of the Alamo at San Jacinto, the town since known as the birthplace of Texas liberty. The battle and its aftermath are covered in great detail and include the capture of Santa Anna, the "Yellow Rose" controversy, and the death of a woman on the battlefield. Special features include rosters of all Texans involved in the battle, a list of casualties, and the details on other companies involved in the campaign. Eighteen Minutes is a comprehensive history of how revenge for the defeat of the Alamo was at last achieved.
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Editorial Reviews

Austin American Statesman
It's a testament to Moore's skill as a military historian that he's able to make tertiary military taks.

Interesting enough to warrant the couple of hundred dense pages he devotes to these not inherently fascinating tasks.

Eighteen Minutes is a fairly old-fashioned military story that revels in the story itself, rather than any kind of heavy, acedemically oriented interpretation of it. Military history buffs will justifiably appreciate its lack of pretension and obsessive attention to detail.
— Jimmy McWilliams

The Houston Chronicle
Extensively researched and the narative advances easily.
— Glenn Dromgoogle
Gainesville Daily Register
A painstaking and precise account of the San Jacinto campaign.

A definitive work on the Texas campaign following the Alamo and Goliad.

This is not a Texas hero-worshipping or Texas-bashing book. It is a detailed work of history and, like all history, it is neither black nor white.

No book collection of the Texas Revolution should be considered complete without this book.
— J. Osborne

Wisconsin Bookwatch
Superbly written military history.
True West
Excellent book.
Austin American Statesman - Jimmy McWilliams
It's a testament to Moore's skill as a military historian that he's able to make tertiary military taks.

Interesting enough to warrant the couple of hundred dense pages he devotes to these not inherently fascinating tasks.

Eighteen Minutes is a fairly old-fashioned military story that revels in the story itself, rather than any kind of heavy, acedemically oriented interpretation of it. Military history buffs will justifiably appreciate its lack of pretension and obsessive attention to detail.

The Houston Chronicle - Glenn Dromgoogle
Extensively researched and the narative advances easily.
Gainesville Daily Register - J. Osborne
A painstaking and precise account of the San Jacinto campaign.

A definitive work on the Texas campaign following the Alamo and Goliad.

This is not a Texas hero-worshipping or Texas-bashing book. It is a detailed work of history and, like all history, it is neither black nor white.

No book collection of the Texas Revolution should be considered complete without this book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589070097
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 426,005
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen L. Moore, a sixth generation Texan, was born twenty miles from the San Jacinto battlegrounds, where two of his ancestors fought for Texas independence. Author of three previous books on Texas and military history, Steve; his wife, Cindy; and their two daughters live near Dallas in Lantana, Texas.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: "Daring Intrepidity" xiii
1. "Never Surrender" 1
Santa Anna and the Texas Campaign 6
Sam Houston's Staff Departs Washington 10
2. "Anxious for a Fight" 18
A Gathering at Gonzales Begins 18
Captain Billingsley's "Mina Volunteers" 19
Captain Hill's Washington Company 22
Captain Sherman's Kentucky Riflemen 24
Captain Seguin's Tejano Volunteers 27
Baker, McNutt and Rabb's Companies 29
Captain Bennett's Company Heads Out 34
The Alamo's Fall 36
3. Houston Takes Command 39
The Mexican Army Departs Bexar 42
Houston Arrives in Gonzales 43
4. "Flying in Terror and Agony" 48
Captain Patton's Company Organized 52
Gonzales Abandoned 57
Captain Bird's Men Join Houston 61
Last Stand at La Bahia: March 14 67
Houston Marches Army to the Colorado 68
Captain Splane Joins 69
Navidad to the Colorado 74
The New Texas Government 78
Texas Rangers Called to Join the Army 80
From Crier's to Beason's: March 18-19 83
5. Sparring along the Colorado 85
Karnes Takes a Prisoner 87
McIntire, Martin, and Logan's Companies 90
Captain Chance's Washington Guards 95
New Units Unite with Sherman's Division 97
Major Ben Smith's Brush with Sesma's Soldiers 103
6. Falling Back 111
Houston Calls for a Retreat 114
The Nacogdoches Volunteers 118
Sherman Joined by Forbes Battalion 120
The Palm Sunday Massacre 128
7. "Intensely Hungry, Weary and Wet" 134
North up the Brazos 136
San Felipe Is Burned 140
Arrival of Captains Kimbro and Bryant 145
Camp Moves to Groce's Landing 147
Travels of the Twin Sisters 151
Santa Anna on the Offensive 154
Fannin Survivors Reach Baker's Detachment 157
Court-Martial of Privates Scales and Garner 158
8. Camping in the Brazos Swamps 162
Prisoner Execution Spared 164
Rusk Arrives at Groce's 167
Major Smith Raises New Company 171
Santa Anna Captures a Texan 176
Baker Detachment versus the Mexican Army 180
Houston Creates Second Regiment 183
Santa Anna Pushes On 186
9. "I Will Avenge the Death of My Brave Friends" 190
Arrival of Fannin's Survivors 194
Martin's Men Abandon Fort Bend 195
Twin Sisters Reach Bernardo Plantation 197
10. "The Last Hope of Texas" 203
Movements of Santa Anna's Men 205
"You Must Fall Back" 209
11. The Road to San Jacinto 222
Houston Marches to Harrisburg 233
Old Whip and Miss Emily 235
Spies Capture Santa Anna's Mail 237
12. "Determined to Conquer or Die" 242
"Remember the Alamo" 248
13. The First Engagement 254
Supply Boat Captured 261
Sherman's "Little Squad of Heroes" 270
Into "The Hornet's Nest" 277
Houston Restrains Infantry 280
14. "Burn That Bridge" 286
Numbers, Guns and Flags 294
Blacks and Tejanos in Service at San Jacinto 299
The War Council 301
"Cut It Down and Set It on Fire" 303
15. "Dreadful Havoc" 309
"Parade Your Companies" 310
Sherman's Second Regiment Draws First Blood 318
Burleson's First Regiment Engages 322
Santa Anna's Forces Overrun 326
"I Shot Old Betsy Six Times" 329
Twin Sisters against the Golden Standard 333
A "Panic Stricken Herd": Flight of Santa Anna 337
The Halt Controversy 338
16. "It Was Nothing but a Slaughter" 344
"Colonel Forbes Done It!" 350
Pursuit to Vince's Bridge 353
Late Arrivals to the Fight 357
"Damn Your Manners" 360
"The Hand of Providence Was with Us" 364
17. Catching "The Old Fox" 369
McNutt's Men Arrive 374
"A Big Haul": Santa Anna Captured 375
Interrogation 381
18. The Spoils of War 387
The Booty Auction: April 26 394
Burnet Is Notified 400
The Forbes Trial 401
Afterword 413
Forbes v. Labadie Lawsuit 413
Miss Emily and the "Yellow Rose" Controversy 415
Who Shot Sam Houston? 417
Flags of the San Jacinto Campaign 417
How Many Texans Fought? 418
Post-San Jacinto Careers 420
The San Jacinto Monument and Museum 425
Appendixes
A. Texian Casualties of the San Jacinto Campaign 429
B. Mexican Officers Killed and Captured at the Battle of San Jacinto 433
C. Roster of Texans Present at the Battle of San Jacinto 435
D. Roster of Texans Stationed at Texas Army Camp near Harrisburg 453
E. Other Companies of the San Jacinto Campaign 459
Notes 463
Bibliography 495
Index 501
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