Anybody power-mad up here is sick in the head.
Some say Emily may have done as much to shape the birth of the Texas Republic as any revolutionary hero. But who is this strange woman, and how did she work her way into our tales of a young Texas in strife?
An essay contest currently underway may help to define that answer, and net the winner a week in the Emily Morgan Hotel in San Antonio, including airfare for four! By Logan Hawkes There's no telling how many men and women helped shape the face of Texas. The history books are full of courageous stories of pioneers, revolutionaries, seekers of adventure and fortune, who collectively played their part in giving birth to the new Republic.
Others are more obscure, shadowed and clouded by a fuzzy history.
A few of these names crop up enough in recorded word and document that we are certain that the people behind the names played a significant role in the very beginnings of our state history. But we remain unclear as to the specifics of their contributions because facts are often obscure, and stories incomplete.
The story of Emily Morgan is one such tale. Historically, the story goes like this: West was born a free black in New Haven, Connecticut, who eventually "contracted" with businessman James Morgan, an entrepreneur who was immigrating to Texas to open a hotel in the newly established community of New Washington.
Friend and leader of the Texas fight for independence, Sam Houston, commissioned Morgan into the Texas Army and he was sent to command a defensive troop near Galveston in March of Emily remained behind in New Washington however, allegedly to administer operations in New Washington's port, a shipping point for supplies earmarked to support Houston's army.
Refurbished and converted in the mid 80s to a luxury hotel, I wasn't certain what to expect when we checked in at the expansive lobby. The last time I had passed through these doors was back in the 's when I was a very young patient on the hospital floor of the old building suffering from acute pneumonia.
It worked out back then, so I forged ahead. It was a very wise decision. With a Mediterranean flavor carefully woven into a sophisticated art deco elegance, the interior of the hotel is a delight to see.
Historic photos of the original building grace many of the walls of the lobby. The rooms are uniquely designed to incorporate the advantages of the odd-shaped building, a virtual V-shape high rise of plus stories.
The suite we were so carefully assigned was in the front corner of the building, providing us degree vistas of the San Antonio landscape and skyline.
There's a lot I like about the suite at the Emily, but the best and most awe-inspiring view from the room was from within the oversize Jacuzzi whirlpool bath that sports an overly large glass window, overlooking Houston Street many floors below.
I don't remember that view when I was in the hospital. Neither do I remember the view out the windows next to the way-too-comfortable king size bed; double glass windows that look down into the Alamo grounds, a site I couldn't walk away from for the longest time, and one to which I kept returning through out the night and following morning.
There's real history down there below Burnet, who was embarking on a schooner for Galveston Island that very day. As the president and his family sailed away, the troops seized Emily and others at one of Morgan's warehouses.There are two final primary documents: the Treaty of Velasco of May 14, , in which General Santa Anna relinquished Texas after losing the Battle of San Jacinto, and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo of February 2, , which ended the war with Mexico.
San Jacinto Day Commemoration The official state ceremony commemorating the th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto will take place on Monday, April 21, at a.m.
The event is free and open to the public, and takes place on the steps of the San Jacinto Monument.
Texas Declaration of Independence, Texans (Anglo-American settlers) and Tejanos (Texans of mixed Mexican and Indian descent) captured the town of San Antonio. Two months later, on February 23, , Mexican troops under General Antonio López de Santa Anna arrived in San Antonio to retake the city.
The Republic of Texas won its. The Battle of San Jacinto Begins Houston, having formed his plan of battle, submitted it to the secretary of war, who approved of it. He then ordered the troops to . Battle of San Jacinto. April 21, The Battle of San Jacinto, in which Texas won her independence with the rout and capture of the Mexican army under.
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