Saluting the past

Texas history has long forgotten Capt. Juan Seguin and his Tejano soldiers who fought for Texas against Mexico during the Texas War for Independence as infantry, calvary, scouts, guides, guards, messengers, spies, and as food foragers.

These Tejano vaqueros were the best qualified for any military service that Texas required of them, but the one Tejano that Seguin always depended on for the most dangerous and most important scouting missions was Blas Herrera, the Paul Revere of Texas.

Herrera was the son in law of Francisco Ruiz, one of the two Tejano patriots from San Antonio, who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.

There is a letter written by Ruiz to Herrera, asking him to please be very careful on all his dangerous scouting missions, because the Mexican Army would surely prosecute him if the truth ever came out.

Ruiz’s letter did not specify what the scouting missions were or how many, but in the memoirs of Capt. Seguin, there were at least four that we know of.

Herrera’s first and most important mission was to patrol the Rio Grande River, south of Laredo, for Mexican General Santa Ana and his Army on their march to San Antonio.

According to one account, two Indians rode with Herrera and sneaked into the Mexican camp.

Then, they would cut the ropes and reins to the horses at night to scatter them over the country side. Herrera and his two Indians also burned a bridge to slow down the Mexican soldiers.

The rest of Herrera’s story will be told along with Capt. Seguin and his Tejanos, as well as the rest of our brave Texas heroes, who fought together and died together for Texas Independence, on Saturday, March 11, at the San Benito Fair Grounds at 11 a.m.

The public is invited to watch our re-enactors take us back to the Battle of the Alamo, the Battle of San Jacinto, and the Battle of Gonzales (the Lexington of Texas) with their gun powder loading flint lock muskets and their cannons.

And the public is also invited to participate in re-signing the names of our 59 Texas and Tejano patriots to the Texas Declaration of Independence, just like our heroes did at the Washington-onthe- Brazos on a near freezing day on March 2, 1836. Viva Tejas y vivan los Tejanos.

Jack Ayoub Harlingen