Monday, July 20, 2009
General Sam Houston
This is Texas Week here at Old Picture of the Day, so we feature this portrait of General Sam Houston. The picture was made in about 1861 by Mathew Brady. Sam Houston was the President of the Republic of Texas, and was responsible for the Texas victory at the Battle of San Jacinto, at which the Texas Army defeated Santa Anna and the Mexican army. General Houston's strategy after the defeat at the Alamo, and against a vastly superior Mexican army was brilliant. He was a unique individual, who preferred the company of Indians over the white man.
There is a quote by Sam Houston, which I love, and which extremely effectively captures the mood in Texas today:
"Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may"