21 April 1836
On this date in 1836...
“Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!” was the battle cry as Sam Houston’s outnumbered Texans wiped out the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto north of present-day Houston and secured Texas independence from Mexico. Texas troops later captured Mexican President, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, insuring that the self-acclaimed “Napoleon of West” had met his Waterloo.
- 1775 - Patriots in Charleston, South Carolina removed the gunpowder from public magazines to prevent its use by British troops.
- 1861 - North Carolina state troops seized the U.S. Mint at Charlotte.
- 1861 - General Earl Van Dorn assumed command of Confederate forces in Texas.
- 1862 - The Confederate Congress passed the Partisan Ranger Act, which recognized Southern guerrilla forces as legal military groups with official officers.
- 1910 - Missouri author Samuel Langhorne Clemens (better known as Mark Twain) died in Redding, Connecticut.
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