The Battle of Medina, the forgotten battlefield
The long-forgotten and disputed battlefield of the Battle of Medina looms large in the hearts and minds of those for whom historical events point the way to the future. Historians agree that the Battle of Medina was the bloodiest and one of the most important battles ever waged in the State of Texas.
However, there is no agreement as to WHERE the battle took place. Many years and studies later, historians are apparently no closer to determining the site of the Battle of Medina. Books and stories have been written, but no certainty has existed among historians as to the exact location of this most important battle.
In observance of this 199th anniversary of the Battle of Medina, local resident and historian, Norman Porter, chairman of the Atascosa County Historical Commission, was asked to submit an article on the subject. His article was published in the Texas Heritage, a publication of the Texas Historical Foundation, Volume 2, 2012.
Porter’s article, entitled, “A Historical Question Mark, the Battle of Medina,” highlights the mysteries and the importance of the battle which has been the subject of Robert H. Thonhoff’s “Forgotten Battlefield.” August 13, 2012 will mark the 199th anniversary of the battle. Historians and those who love to hear and discuss the mysteries surrounding this heroic episode in Texas history will gather at the Pleasanton Church of Christ for an afternoon of shared speculations, August 18, 2012, at 1 p.m.
Previous to this, a renewed dedication, annually organized by the Sons of the Republic of Texas, will begin at 10 a.m. at the large oak tree overlooking the battle site. For more information, call Norman Porter, Chairperson, Atascosa County Historical Commission, 830-569-2680.