Goliad Battle

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Goliad Battle

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  • Early in the morning of October 9, 1835 Texas settlers attacked the Mexican Army soldiers at Presido La Bahia fort near the Mexican Texas settlement of Goliad.
  • In September, Texians began planning to kidnap Mexican General Martin Perfecto de Cos, the plan was dismissed by the central committee coordinating the rebellion. The Texians soon realized that Cos and his men had already departed for San Antonio, but continued their march.
  • The garrison at La Bahia was understaffed and could not mount an effective defense of the forts perimeter. Texians were able to chop through a door and entered before the soldiers noticed, using axes borrowed from towns people. After a 30-minute battle, the Mexican garrison, under Colonel Juan Lopez Sandoval, surrendered. The majority of the Mexican soldiers were instructed to leave Texas, and the Texians confiscated $10,000 worth of provisions and several cannons, which they soon transported to the Texian Army for use in the Siege of Bexar.The victory isolated Cos's men in Bexar from the coast, forcing them to rely on a long overland march to request or receive reinforcements or supplies
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