The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 27
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The Men of Goliad
however chosen, nor President's counsellors, however shrewd, could
have brought about a war of conquest between the United States
and Mexico but for the bias, in American public opinion, which
the Goliad slaughter produced.
It is not to the credit of Texas that the men of Goliad should
have reposed for a century in an unmarked, unhonored, and almost
unknown grave. A hundred and three years have passed since the
Texan army, after retaking Goliad, buried their bones where now
they lie; and since General Rusk, betrayed by his feelings, broke
down in attempting the simple and eloquent eulogy he had pre-
pared for delivery at their grave. Even now, when Texas, at a
very long last, has remembered them, their monument is not in
keeping with some that have been builded to commemorate smaller
men and less important deeds. But their real memorials are else-
where; this one but preserves their names, and fate, and marks
their grave. The flag of their country, floating over the orchards
and gardens of the Rio Grande; the cattle ranges of New Mexico
and Arizona's mines and farms; the great city of El Paso; and
those even greater cities-Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco-
arisen on the California coast; the great dams on the western
Colorado and tributary rivers, and the mighty works across the
Golden Gate; majestic western mountains and great western
harbors, all under the Stars and Stripes-these are their true
memorials; and although they did not know it, it was for these
they gave their lives; and such is the price of Mexico's atonement
for Santa Anna's wrong.
And though Texas and Texans have been derelict in commem-
orating these, their heroes, with visible monuments, and in con-
secrating their grave, they will not fail in that greater tribute
that cannot be recorded in bronze or stone, but is enshrined in
Texan hearts. For men such as these, who have died for their
country, there is an immortality of memory not much beneath the
immortality of the soul-an eternity of remembrance existing in the
consciousness of men-and in that these men died for Texas,
and their bones lie buried on Texan soil, the monument we now
dedicate is but the symbol of an eternal tribute of gratitude and
glory enshrined in every Texan's heart.
And in grateful remembrance of the lives that they lived and
the deaths that they died, and of their devotion to the cause of
freedom, which brought them here to die; through the years that
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