The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 25
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The Men of Goliad 25
in all simplicity, that their prudent captains were personally afraid.
Pursued and overtaken, Colonel Fannin's men deployed, coolly
and bravely; and, as calmly as veterans could have done, formed
a hollow square. The ammunition cart broke down and brought
them to a halt. Surrounded in the open prairie, without pro-
tection, flank or rear, without water, and without food, they had
reached their end. But they did not recognize that fact. They
fought courageously and calmly through the long afternoon, and
only quit when their sympathy for the sufferings of their wounded
became more than human feelings could endure.
That they were told that their capitulation was an honorable
one, and that they would soon be sent to New Orleans on parole,
and in that belief, surrendered, there can never be a doubt. Whether
there was such a capitulation, or whether General Urrea only prom-
ised, as he claimed, to intercede with Santa Anna for some such
terms, is now beside the point. Santa Anna was solely responsible,
on any version of the facts, for the cruel and heartless killing
of Fannin's men.
Few events in American history have so gripped the imaginations
of the American people as did this bloody and futile slaughter;
and no other happening on the North American continent has more
profoundly influenced human affairs.
Paroled and landed at New Orleans, the men who died at Goliad
would have become so many witnesses to the incompetence and
worse, of the Texan leaders; to the strange apathy of the Texan
people; to the anarchy existing in the Texan government; to
Texas' lack of appreciation for the brave volunteers who had
hearkened to her call.
They would have become four hundred advocates of toleration
for Mexico, in four hundred homes of cultured Americans in every
portion of the United States. Even our racial egotists, weltering
in insolence and pride, would have been forced to the admission
that the Mexicans, even though not as our people, were not at
all bad. Any thought of American interference in the internal
affairs of Mexico, or forcible conquest of Mexican territory, would
have been banned for two generations from all right-thinking
That any good could come to Mexico from killing them, only
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