The Battle of Refugio

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  • Get them to Goliad!
  • We're surrounded!
  • On the day of March 12, 1836 Carlos de la Garza and 80 rancheros, serving as scouts and advanced cavalry for Mexican general José de Urrea's invading army, raided the village of Refugio. James W. Fannin, Jr., sent Amon B. King and twenty-eight men to Refugio to help the families besieged there escape to Goliad.
  • The Texan force divided due to the commandors fighting for power. Half of the force later went with King to a mission to fight the rancheros. The other half was surrounded by the Mexicans at the mission. When King attempted to return to the mission, he ran into Urrea's army and was forced to fight near the Mission River.
  • We have you surrounded!
  • The two sides fought leading the Mexicans into heavy losses, while, the Texan's problem was mainly lack of food, water, and ammunition.
  • Don't shoot!
  • Ward sent James Hamphries to Goliad in order to inform Fanin to retreat to Victoria where they can all meet up. Ward and his army later traveled to Copano through the woods and swamps so that they can not be seen by the mexican cavalry.
  • Ward's force was forced to surrender in the village of Victoria when they found Urrea's army waiting for them. King also tried to escape; however, it led him to getting caught as well.
  • On March 27, 1836, the two forces were executed including Fanin and his men. This immediantly led to a Mexican victory.
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