Battle of San Jacinto surrender site found

April 16, 2009 10:08:44 AM PDT
Archaeologists believe they've found the place where hundreds of Mexican soldiers surrendered to the Texas army during the Battle of San Jacinto 173 years ago. Unfired musket balls, bayonets and cavalry ornaments were found in rows in an area about 20 yards wide and 200 yards long near an NRG Energy power plant.

The Dallas Morning News reported Thursday that the heavily wooded area was long suspected to be a gold mine for artifacts from the battle that sealed Texas' independence from Mexico on April 21, 1836.

Archaeology consultant Roger Moore thinks the commander who organized the surrender was Col. Juan Almonte. The top Mexican official was educated in the U.S. and could have negotiated with the Texans in English.

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