Fannin: Fannin Battleground State Historic Site

In March 1836, General Sam Houston ordered Col. James Fannin and his volunteer soldiers to retreat from Goliad to Victoria. Whether due to indecisiveness, stubbornness, or loyalty to his men away on missions, Fannin remained in Goliad several more days. When they finally left, Fannin’s misjudgments slowed their retreat, and the Mexican army attacked.

This site is where Fannin clashed with the Mexican Army – in the Battle of Coleto Creek. A stone obelisk ceremonially marks the area where on March 20 the Texians surrendered.

Fannin and his men were removed to Goliad – and, a few days later, brutally executed. The massacre of nearly 350 soldiers inflamed the cause of Texas independence, ultimately leading to the Texians’ miraculous victory at San Jacinto.

The battleground site includes an interpretive exhibit, pavilion, and picnic area. 

Fannin Battleground State Historic Site

  • Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.  - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: None
  • 734 FM 2506, Fannin, TX
  • 512-463-7948
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  • National Register of Historic Places, a Texas Historical Commission property