Fannin Battleground State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, commemorates the Battle of Coleto Creek fought on March 19 and 20, 1836 between forces commanded by Col. James W. Fannin and Mexican Gen. Jose de Urrea.
Fannin had attempted to retreat to the town of Victoria from Goliad, but the forces of General Urrea pursued the Texians, surrounding them on the open plain. After a battle lasting two days, Fannin surrendered and the Texians were returned to Goliad, where they were imprisoned briefly in Presidio La Bahia. Several days later, against the wishes of other Mexican commanders, Gen. Santa Anna ordered them to be executed. Texas revolutionary forces at the Battle of San Jacinto later used the battle cry “Remember Goliad” as an accompaniment to “Remember the Alamo.”
Located about 10 miles east of Goliad, visitors today walk the landscaped grounds and view the impressive stone obelisk that honors the spot where Fannin surrendered, taking a moment to remember the men who helped forge Texas’ destiny. An interpretive exhibit, group pavilion, and picnic area are also on the 14-acre grounds.