Goliad Reenactment offers new events

March 23, 2011 at 5:04 p.m.
Updated March 22, 2011 at 10:23 p.m.

About 5,000 people will flock to the Presidio La Bahia Saturday and Sunday to witness the reenactment of one of the bloodiest chapters in Texas' quest for independence from Mexico - the Goliad Massacre.

The 26th Annual Living History event, complete with roaring cannons, musket fire, wounded men, encampments and period songs, will mark the 175th anniversary of Texas Independence.

And this year's program offers some new attractions, like a concert by the "Gone to Texas Band" in the Our Lady of Loreto Chapel and a lecture from author John Willingham, who will discuss the 30 years he spent writing a fact-based novel of the Texas Revolution.

The band will be joined by K.R. Wood, who is known for recording a landmark CD with Davy Crockett's fiddle inside the Alamo Shrine.

In addition to concerts at the fort and the county fairgrounds, Wood will interview historians, re-enactors and dignitaries in a live radio broadcast from Presidio La Bahia at 9 a.m. Saturday on San Antonio's KKYX 680 AM.

An old favorite, the candlelight vigil tour, will be conducted through the barracks, the Mexican officers' quarters and the impromptu hospital in the chapel.

On Sunday, the death march will commence inside the fort and will proceed to one of the locations where the massacre actually occurred. The program concludes with a memorial service in the chapel followed by a procession to the Fannin Memorial and a 21-musket salute.

The reenactment is made possible by the combined efforts of the Presidio La Bahia Foundation, its Friends of the Fort, COTLHA and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.



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