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THE URREA OAKS
Refugio County

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Refugio Texas historic tree Urrea Oak
The Urrea Oak

Photo by John Troesser, 2000
In March of 1836 the forces of General Urrea made camp under these oaks. Colonists at Refugio had left at the approach of the Mexican Army but a shortage of wagons kept some from making the trip to safety at Goliad. Captain Amon King with 30 men was sent by Fannin to evacuate the remaining colonists.

On March 11 the evacuees took refuge in the mission (the Present Our Lady of Refuge Church) and King and his men went to harass the enemy. Fording the river, the were repulsed by the Mexican cavalry and forced to re-cross the river under cover of darkness. Their powder was wet in the process and they had no choice but to surrender when spotted by the Mexicans.

The colonists had escaped under the protection of William Ward and General Urrea was not pleased. King and his men were shot and their bodies heaped in a pile about a mile from the Mission.
Amon King statue in Refugio, Texas
The Statue Honoring Amon King and his Command

TE Photo October 2003
A statue honoring King and his men was commissioned and erected across from the Refugio County courthouse. The statue is by French born sculptor Raoul Josset who worked on several statues honoring various Texas heroes.

The Goliad Massacre of Fannin and his men took place a little over two weeks later on March 27, 1836.


John Troesser
June 24, 2005

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