Public invited to Battle of Medina ceremony Aug. 19

Everyone is invited to attend the 17th annual ceremony and symposium commemorating the Battle of Medina, “the bloodiest battle in Texas history.” The Battle of Medina occurred on August 18, 1813, between the Royal Spanish Army and the Republican Army of the North. Between 800 and 1,300 Americans, Tejanos, Native Americans and Spanish soldiers died in this battle.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 19, a commemorative ceremony will be held under the large oak trees on Old Applewhite Road, near where it intersects with Bruce Road.

A Color Guard will present flags from the countries involved. Members of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will re-dedicate a plaque to honor those American Patriots of the American Revolution who died in the battle, and descendants of Peter Sides, American Patriot will honor his service.

Wreaths will be laid by the DAR, DRT, Daughters of the War of 1812. Other organizations expected to participate are the SRT, SAR and the Mayflower Society.

At 1 p.m. a seminar discussing the Battle of Medina will be held at the Atascosa County Leming Annex (old Leming School). Opening remarks will be given by Lila Rakoczy, Ph. D., Program Coordinator, Texas Historical Commission and Robert H. Thonhoff, former President of the Texas State Historical Association, author and former Karnes County Judge.

There will be several speakers at the symposium including:

•Jo Anne Gonzales Murphy, MS-Psych, ABD(PHD)

•Al McGraw, Archaeologist, TxDot Enviromental Affairs Division (retired)

•Jose “Joe” Lopez, author, founder of Tejano Learning Center, LLC.

•Dr. Ana Caroline Castillo Crimm, Professor Emeritus, Sam Houston State University

•Dr. Amy Porter, Associate Prof. of History, Texas A&M San Antonio

•Dan Arellano, President, Battle of Medina Society

•James Bernsen, MA History, Southwest Texas State University

•Brian Stauffer, Spanish Translator, Texas General Land Office

Historical re-enactors, Eric Morrell and Mike Reynolds, along with others will set up a historically accurate 1813 camp.Exhibitors will be selling books, maps, postcards, and other Texas history memorabilia, including: Order of Granaderos y Damas de Galvez, Canary Islands Descendants Association, Jesse Villareal and more.

Food will be provided by the Leming Volunteer Fire Department, for those who would like to eat before the seminar. Drinks and snacks will be provided by the Atascosa County Historical Commission.

Signs will be placed to direct you from Highway 281 onto Old Pleasanton Road, about 10 miles north of Pleasanton. For further information, contact Barbara Westbrook at or call 830-570-3289.

The Pleasanton Express

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