History buffs should include the new Bryan Museum, 1315 21st Street, on their “to do” list during their next visit to Galveston. The Bryan Museum is home to the largest collection of historical artifacts, documents and artwork relating to the Southwestern United States.
-Santa Anna’s Order Book:
Historic, one-of-a-kind field command/order book, in Spanish. It is a file copy of the commands issued by Mexican General Santa Anna to Major General Vicente Filisola during the Texas Campaign 1835-36. The book ends less than two weeks before Santa Anna’s defeat at the Battle of San Jacinto against the army of Texas General Sam Houston, on April 21, 1836.
-Sword that Captured Santa Anna:
Joel Robison carried this sword when he assisted four or five other men in the capture of Mexican General Santa Anna, on April 22, 1836. Santa Anna, dressed in a private’s uniform, attempted to escape undetected during the Battle of San Jacinto. He was found by this search party along the banks of Buffalo Bayou and promptly taken prisoner.
-Colt Walker Revolver
This Colt Walker is stamped “B Company” on the bottom of the handle and side of the frame. This stamp indicates that it was used in the Mexican-American War (1846-48) by the Texas Mounted soldiers. The serial number of 38 indicates that it was one of the first manufactured.
-Buffalo Hide Pueblo/Comanche Shield:
This shield is made from buffalo hide between 1780 and 1800. It is an example of the inter-ethnic contact between peoples in the late Spanish Colonial period. The Rio Grande Pueblos created the shield using a Spanish stitching technique. Most likely through trade, it was used by a Plains warrior, most likely by the Comanches. Around 1900, the shield was returned to the Cochiti Pueblos for ceremonial purposes.
-Alamo Receipt, signed by Travis:
This document was signed by William Barret Travis while commander at the Alamo. It is a receipt for supplies, such as alcohol, tobacco, and other goods for the garrison. The receipt is dated February 20, 1836, just three days before the Battle of the Alamo commenced!
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