On March 19 and 20, 1836, the Battle of Coleto Creek was fought here between Texian forces commanded by Colonel James W. Fannin and Mexican forces led by General Jose de Urrea. It was in the climax of what historians call “The Goliad Campaign” during the Texas Revolution. Colonel Fannin was a prodigious recruiter and solicitor of funds for the Texas Army who participated in many of the major battles fought during the Texas Revolution. Despite being a somewhat ineffective commander, Colonel Fannin led around four hundred Texas Army recruits based in Fort Defiance (historical and modern-day Presidio La Bahia). Fannin and his force, ordered to retreat from the fort to Victoria, was ambushed by the superior Mexican army near Coleto Creek. Upon surrendering the Texians were marched back to the fort and eventually massacred.
The site, with its impressive stone obelisk, is a memorial to the brave men who helped shape the future of Texas. Offers exhibits, memorials, an observation tower and picnic pavilion.