On March 20, 1836, Col. James W. Fannin surrendered to Mexican forces at the Battle of Coleto Creek. After the surrender, Mexican Gen. Santa Anna ordered Fannin and 342 of his men executed in nearby Goliad, against the wishes of other Mexican commanders. The surrender, and unanticipated execution, inflamed the Texas cause, spurring the battle cry “Remember Goliad!”.
Fannin Battleground State Historic Site memorializes the brave soldiers who fought on this field. Walk the landscaped grounds and view the impressive stone obelisk that honors the spot where Fannin surrendered. Take a moment to remember the men who helped forge Texas’ destiny.