Sounds of cannon fire and muskets mean massacre re-enactment again in Goliad
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Re-enactors from the Crossroads of Texas Living History Association will be on the grounds of the Presidio La Bahia this weekend taking visitors back in time  to that of Col. Fannin. Included will be two battle re-enactments and, as shown in this photo, a re-staging of the massacre of Fannin’s men.
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On Saturday and Sunday, the Crossroads of Texas Living History Association and Presidio La Bahia will stage a re-enactment of the occupation of the fort by Col. Fannin and the Goliad Massacre of Col. Fannin and his men at Presidio La Bahia in Goliad.

This annual event has been held for the past 25 years and has been of great interest to the public.

Last year’s admissions exceeded 4,500.

During the day Saturday, battles will take place around the fort.

There will be the sounds of muskets and cannons discharging and the air will be full of black powder smoke. The costumes worn will be those from that period in history.

Visitors will have the opportunity to ask the re-enactors about the roles that they are reliving as well as attend lectures in the 231-year-old Our Lady of Loreto Chapel.

In the evening, candlelight tours will be conducted through the barracks, the Mexican officers’ quarters and there will be a hospital scene in the chapel where the Texian prisoners are being held.

On Sunday, the death march will begin inside the presidio and goes to one of the locations where the massacre actually took place.

The program will conclude with a memorial service that begins in the chapel followed by a procession to the Fannin Memorial.

Daily admission is $4 for ages 12 through 59, $3.50 for 60 and older, and $1 for ages 6 through 11.

Children age 5 and younger are free.

There is an additional $2 per person fee for admission to the candlelight tour.

For more information, call 361-645-3752 or visit the Web site at

Schedule of events

Saturday, March 27


9 – Gates open

10 – 1st skirmish

10:30 – Living history at campsites

10:30 – Calvary presentation at amphitheater

11 – Lecture in chapel


Noon – Showing of video “presidio la bahia and its place in the history of texas” in chapel

1:30 – 2nd skirmish

2 – Living history at campsites

2:15 – Lecture in chapel

3 – Battle of Coleto Creek

3:30 – Living history at campsites

5 – Gates close

7-9 – Candlelight tour – enter at south gate

Sunday, March 28


9 – Gates open

9:30 – Isaac Hamilton — a prisoner by Dennis Reidesel

10 – Death march from chapel to actual massacre site. Followed by Isaac Hamilton – a survivor by Dennis Reidesel. Followed by execution of Fannin and the wounded Texians. Then a memorial service starts in the chapel followed by a procession to the Fannin Monument for the conclusion of the memorial service.
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