Camp Seven of the San Jacinto Campaign
March 19-25, 1836
March 19-25: Camp near Beason's on the Colorado River.
Two Historical Markers, one titled "Benjamin Beason's
Crossing of the Colorado River" and the other, "Beason's
(Beeson's) Crossing" are located in Benjamin Beason Park,
East River Bridge, Highway 90. Although there were several camps
for the Army, this is probably not the actual location of the
main camp. Archeological work is being done to try to locate the
actual site. Mexican General Ramirez y Sesma's camp site opposite
the Texas Army camp is marked just west of Columbus city
limits on Highway 90.
Marker information courtesy Texas
Historical Commission's Atlas
Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing
Year Marker Erected:
Just E. of the E. River Bridge at Columbus on S. Side of Hwy
90 in Beason's Park, Columbus
Benjamin Beason, one of Stephen F. Austin's original 300 colonists,
settled by a widely used Colorado River crossing near here in
1822. He and his wife Elizabeth proceeded to build a large home
(also used as an inn) and established a gristmill, sawmill, gin,and
ferry operation at the crossing. His residence and business operations
and a scattering of homesteads in the area formed a settlement
known as Beason's Crossing. In the early spring of 1836 Beason
found his home, family, and complex of commercial buildings in
the perilous position in between Sam Houston's Army, camped on
the east bank of the Colorado River opposite Beason's crossing,
and a Mexican Army led by General Juaquin Ramirez Y Sesma fast
approaching from the west. Houston had chosen this site to camp
because of its strategic location at the edge of the most populous
part of Texas. With his 1500 troops in position, Houston is said
to have declared, "on the Colorado I make my stand."
Notwithstanding this bold declaration, Houston unexpectedly removed
his Army to the Brazos River on March 26th. Beason's crossing
was subsequently burned to the ground by a detachment of Houston's
Army scarcely hours before the arrival of Sesma's Army. Sam Houston
Bicentennial 1793 - 1993
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Colonel Alexander Horton's fact-based fictional dispatch
(more) from this camp gives the flavor
of the place and time.
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