Today is San Jacinto Day. On this day in 1836, Texas forces under General Sam Houston (later President of Texas), routed a Mexican force under President/General Santa Anna, at San Jacinto, near Houston.
Time precludes a longer discussion of this battle, but all Texans may be thankful that Santa Anna was a mediocre general, and had his army dispersed all over south-central Texas, allowing Houston the chance to defeat Santa Anna when he was isolated and unsupported. Even so, the Mexicans had sufficient forces to win their battle had they not been surprised by the Texans while in camp. The fortunate Texan capture of the President/General (disguised in the uniform of a private soldier) shortly after the battle made the engagement among the most decisive fought on this continent.