Indeed, his ancestors would have likely fought alongside of the Texians in their war of independence.
But this weekend Tony and his son, Mike, will don the blue and red overcoat and crossed belt worn by Santa Anna’s army 173 years ago.
They will join hundreds of other history buffs re-enacting the infamous slaughter of Col. James Fannin and his troops on March 27, 1836.
The Crossroads of Texas Living History Association and Presidio La Bahia will re-enact the occupation of the fort by Col. Fannin and the massacre of Fannin and his men on March 28-29 at Presidio La Bahia in Goliad.
This annual event has been held for the past 23 years and has been of great interest to the public.
Last year’s admissions exceeded 4,500. Many schools send their students, girl and boy scouts come on field trips and parents bring their children so that all can experience this unique re-enactment of Texas history.
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 they are reliving as well as attend lectures in the 229-year-old Our Lady of Loreto Chapel.
In the evening, candlelight tours will be conducted through the barracks, the Mexican officer’s 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 $3 for ages 12-59, $2.50 for 60 and older, and $1 for ages 6-11. Five and younger are free. There is an additional $2 per person fee for admission to the candlelight tour.
For information, call 361-645-3752 or visit presidiolabahia.org.
Here’s the schedule of events:
24th annual Goliad Massacre Living History Program schedule
Saturday, March 28
9 a.m. Gates open
10 a.m. First skirmish
10:30 a.m. Living history at campsites
10:30 a.m. Calvary presentation at amphitheater
11 a.m. Lecture in chapel
Noon Showing of video “Presidio La Bahia and its Place in the History of Texas” in chapel
1:30 p.m. Second skirmish
2 p.m. Living history at campsites
2:15 p.m. Lecture in chapel
3 p.m. Battle of Coleto Creek
3:30 p.m. Living history
5 p.m. Gates close
7-9 p.m. Candlelight tour (enter at south gate)
Sunday, March 29
9 a.m. Gates open
9:30 a.m. Isaac Hamilton — a prisoner by Dennis Reidesel
10 a.m. 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
Followed by: Memorial service starts in chapel followed by a procession to the Fannin Monument for the conclusion of the memorial service.