The young schoolteacher-soldier from Callaway County had been captured during the Texas war for independence and was part of a unit ordered to be executed at Goliad when he dropped to the ground and escaped into the nearby wooded area. The Mexican troops went among the bodies left behind and killed those who were wounded. It was Palm Sunday 1836, only a few weeks after the fall of the Alamo. Several days later George Park carried word to Sam Houston of what happened at Goliad, giving the Texans further reason for the revenge they would achieve at San Jacinto.

AOWM – October 28