Houston History Voices: San Jacinto Day is the celebration of the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.
It was the final battle of the Texas Revolution where Texas won its independence from Mexico. It is an official holiday in the State of Texas. On this field on April 21, 1836 the Army of Texas commanded by General Sam Houston, and accompanied by the Secretary of War, Thomas J. Rusk, attacked the larger invading army of Mexicans under General Santa Anna. The battle line from left to right was formed by Sidney Sherman’s regiment, Edward Burleson’s regiment, the artillery commanded by George W. Hockley, Henry Millard’s infantry and the cavalry under Mirabeau B. Lamar. Sam Houston led the infantry charge.