Lampasas County and some State Offices are closed today as they celebrate March 2nd, Texas Independence Day. It happened on this day in 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos, a little SE of Navasota. The spot was once the Capital of Texas. On this day, some 181 years ago, 59 men who represented the settlers of Mexican Tejas, declared their independence from Mexico and began to form a government, establishing Texas as an independent nation.
As this was going on, unbeknownst to the delegates at Washington, at present day San Antonio, the small band of a little over 180 Texians and other volunteers were under siege at the Alamo mission. They had been under siege by Mexican General Santa Anna and some 1500 of his soldiers for the last several days. Santa Anna and another Mexican General, Jose Urrea, were determined to put down the rebellion that was taking place in Mexico’s northern province of Tejas, and they were marching through the area. They were under orders to shoot any that were rebelling against the Mexican government…but that’s another story.