DRT kicks off new year

Special to the E-T

The Bosque River Chapter of Daughters of the Republic of Texas will start the year on Tuesday, Sept. 11, with a field trip to Waco to visit the Texas Ranger Museum where we will receive a private guided tour. Before the tour we will have lunch at The Elite Café in Waco and conduct a business meeting. Roll call will be answered by naming any ancestors who were Texas Rangers. We will car pool to Waco from Stephenville and Glen Rose.

As part of the business meeting we will celebrate Texian Navy Day which is the third Saturday of September. In September of 1835 the first naval engagement of the Texas Revolution occurred near Velasco. This was one month before the first significant land battle of the Texas Revolution at Gonzales.

A new honor day on Sept. 18 is Texas Heroes Day. The date has multiple significance in that on Sept. 18, 1842, 36 volunteer Texan soldiers were killed on the field of battle in the Dawson Massacre. Of the survivors, three escaped to tell the story, and fifteen others were taken prisoner by Mexican soldiers in the Woll invasion near Salado Creek (where Fort Sam Houston now located in San Antonio). The captured prisoners were marched away to Perote Prison in Veracruz, Mexico, and of these men, only nine survived to return to Texas. On Sept. 18, 1848 the remains of those who died in Perote Prison, and others who drew the “Black Beans of Death” in the Mier Expedition, were buried at what became known as Monument Hill. The tomb located on the grounds of Monument Hill State Historic Site houses the remains of the brave men who perished in the Dawson Massacre and the Mier Expedition; and who gave their lives in Texas’s fight to gain and preserve its freedom as an independent nation.

Gonzales Day on October 2 recognizes the day in 1835 when the first recognized battle of the Texas Revolution was fought. The Texas force of 160 men challenged the Mexican military authority by refusing to surrender a brass cannon previously given to the town of Gonzales as a means of protection against the Indians.

Members of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas are women who can prove a direct line of descent from a man or woman who served the Republic of Texas and can prove they were in the Republic before February 1846. For more information call Linda Bowden at 254-968-6880.