Sam Houston. Courageous Texas Hero by William R Sanford
By William R Sanford
Crushing losses on the Alamo and Goliad despatched the Texans reeling. With the more suitable Mexican military poised for victory, normal Sam Houston commanded all that remained of the Texas military combating for its independence. vastly outnumbered, normal Houston fastened his white horse and led his infantrymen into conflict at San Jacinto. astonishing the Mexican troops with their daring assault, the fiery Texans rallied to an overpowering victory, claiming their independence. one of many founders of Texas, Sam Houston served the kingdom as a governor and senator—but he is such a lot remembered as an American hero.
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Leading the Mexicans was General Antonio López de Santa Anna. The Mexican dictator was trying to crush the Texans’ fight for independence. He had begun by marching on San Antonio. On March 6, his troops had stormed the Alamo. All of the defenders had died in that bloody battle. At Goliad, he had ordered the slaughter of almost four hundred Texan prisoners. Now only Sam Houston and his tiny army were left to defend Texas. Tall oak trees trailed a curtain of Spanish moss over the Texans’ camp. Less than a mile away, Santa Anna’s men built a barricade of brush and baggage.
They wanted Sam Houston. Eleven days before the election, Sam bowed to the pressure. His fellow Texans rewarded him with 80 percent of their votes. Image Credit: Peter Newark American Pictures / The Bridgeman Art Library Sam Houston signed the original handwritten Texas Declaration of Independence on his forty-third birthday—March 2, 1836. Seven months later, he was sworn in as the new republic’s first president. Sam was sworn in on October 22, 1836. His government met in Columbia, the new capital.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Sanford, William R. (William Reynolds), 1927– Sam Houston : courageous Texas hero / William R. Sanford and Carl R. Green. p. cm. — (Courageous heroes of the American West) Includes index. Summary: “Examines the life of Sam Houston, including his early life on the Western frontier, his time as a soldier, leading the fight for Texas’ independence, and his political career in Texas”—Provided by publisher. ISBN 978-0-7660-4009-0 1. Houston, Sam, 1793–1863—Juvenile literature.