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Commemorating The Battle Of Medina's Bicentennial Aug. 17-18

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This weekend marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle Of Medina, often referred to by historians as the bloodiest battle in Texas history.

Historians are planning a two-day ceremony commemorating the Aug. 18, 1813 battle between the Royal Spanish Army and the Republican Army of the North.

About 3,200 men -- including Spaniards, Tejanos, Native Americans, and men from the U.S. -- fought 20 miles south of San Antonio for ownership of Texas.

Also named the Gutierrez-Magee Expedition, the battle claimed an estimated 800 to 1,300 lives. The outcome of the four-hour battle would affect the destinies of Spain, Mexico, the United States, England, and France.

Numerous historians are scheduled for presentations Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at the the Pleasanton Church of Christ.

Memorial ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday evening at 6 p.m. and again Sunday morning at 10 a.m. under the large oak trees on Old Applewhite Road. Memorial services have been conducted at the spot for 12 years.

Note from historian:

Signs will be placed on U.S.  Hwy 281 where to turn west onto the Old Pleasanton Road. Signs will also be placed at Bruce Road off of Old Pleasanton Road. Signs will also be where Old Applewhite Road branches off Bruce Road, but contact Tom Green at TBGreen3@gmail.com or call 713-340-1965 if you need additional directions.