Texas Independence Day
One hundred seventy six years ago today, fifty nine delegates met at Washington-on-the-Brazos for the Convention of 1836. George Childress, chairman of the committee, drafted the Texas Declaration of Independence and presented it to the delegates for approval. The original draft was penned by Charles B. Stewart the day before. Once approved, the document was taken to a printer in nearby San Felipe, who made 1000 broadsides to be distributed throughout the state. Four days hence, the Alamo would fall to Santa Anna’s Mexican Army at San Antonio de Béxar. The Texas Revolution would end six weeks later with the defeat of Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.
Remember Goliad. Remember the Alamo. God Bless Texas.
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park – This modest frame building is a replica of the building the Convention of 1836 utilized to establish the Republic of Texas, March 2, 1836.