Brandon Seale and Alberto Múzquiz search for the Battle of Medina from above.
Brandon Seale and Alberto Múzquiz search for the Battle of Medina site from above. Credit: Courtesy / Brandon Seale

In seventh-grade Texas history textbooks, Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara figures only peripherally in the events covered in this series. In reality, he may have been the great unifying figure for the Tejano, Native American, and American volunteers marching across Texas in the fall of 1812. Texas Gov. Manuel Salcedo certainly took notice of his movements and rode out to ambush the revolutionary commander on the road to San Antonio in October 1812. It would be Gutiérrez de Lara, however, who had a surprise in store for Salcedo.

The research team takes to the air to look for the “canyon” chosen by the Republican army to later ambush the Royalist Army before the Battle of Medina.

Additional Materials:

Memoirs of José Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara

The Diaries of José Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara (1811-2)

Gutiérrez de Lara Proclama (Transcribed by Brian Stauffer)

Memoirs of Antonio Menchaca

Brandon Seale

Brandon Seale

Brandon Seale is the president of Howard Energy México. With degrees in philosophy, law, and business, he writes and records stories about the residents of the borderland and about the intersection of...