Finding Medina: Artifacts At Last

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Scott Ball / Rivard Report

This cannonball and other artifacts were recovered from a creek near Old Lower Presidio Road, which was used to navigate north to San Antonio.

On August 4, 1813, after months of plotting, José Álvarez de Toledo personally arrived in San Antonio and overthrew Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara as commander-in-chief of the Republican Army of the North. Just as the Republicans found themselves more divided than ever, their most fearsome opponent to date – Joaquín de Arredondo – began his march up the Laredo Road to challenge them.

At long, long last, our research team uncovers artifacts from the battle. Even better, we find cannonballs! And once we plot them on the map, a pattern begins to emerge.

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