Anniversary Reenactment of Twiggs’ Surrender
Saturday, February 12 2011
In front of the Alamo
reenactment 2001: Texas
commissioners and Narrator in foreground, Texan militia in background
The Civil War almost started in San Antonio on February 16th, 1861.
Come to Alamo Plaza
in San Antonio
on Feb. 12th, 2011 and see this living history event!
This one will be bigger than previous
years, as befits the 150th.
Free to spectators. Performances at 11 AM and
2:00PM. Other living history exhibitions and
events from 9AM until 2 PM.
late 1860, Brevet Major-General David E. Twiggs returned from six months’ leave
and resumed his duties as commander of the Department of Texas, containing 20%
of the U.S. Army. San Antonio
was the Department’s base city, but most of the troops were strung out in
frontier and border forts. General Twiggs was surrounded by dangerous political
events: As the secession crisis developed nationwide, and contrary to the
wishes of Governor Sam Houston, Texas’ legislature authorized a secession
convention. Before the secession convention adjourned it set up a Committee of
Public Safety to act on its behalf, while the state waited to hold a referendum
on secession. The events depicted in our reenactment happened before that
referendum, before Texas seceded, before there
was a southern Confederacy, almost two months before the first shot was fired
on Fort Sumter, and while everyone had some hope
of peace. The Committee of Public Safety expected and desired secession, and if
Texas was to declare independence, possession
of the weapons in the San Antonio
arsenal would be vital. More..
Parking & Event
Location: The event will be held at Alamo Plaza.
Click here Click here for map and directions.
Participant information: This event is put on by experienced living
historians. Participants are asked to pre-register, and to sign in early on
site. A participant fee of $5 will be charged to all male reenactors other
than those sponsoring organizations who have pre-paid substantial amounts.
This will partially cover insurance costs and city permit fees, which
are over $1,000. . Contact Van Zavaba, commander, company
K for event information, event rules, etc.:
to Co. K, 6th Texas Infantry