Kudos to N. Rodriquez for his article that was printed in VMS on 7/2/18 to Juan Ramirez of San Benito for standing up against abortions. Texas history has long forgotten another Rodriquez-Ramirez feud that existed over 180 years ago at the Battle of the Alamo, the Battle of San Jacinto, and the forgotten skirmish at San Felipe, although General Ramirez y Sesma and Lt. (then corporal) Ambrosio Rodriquez did not personally know each other.
General Joaguin Ramirez y Sesma fought with the Mexican General Santa Ana whose centralists believed in a large all powerful federal government in Mexico City with gun control laws. Corporal Ambrosio Rodriguez fought with Texas Capt Juan Seguin’s company of Tejanos that supported the federalists under Stephen F. Austin who believed in restoring the Mexican Constitution of 1824, state rights, and the right to keep and bare arms.
At the Battle of the Alamo, General Ramirez
y Sesma commanded 300 cavalry men positioned all around the mission, to prevent any of the Alamo defenders from escaping to regroup. About the same time, Rodriguez was in Gonzales with Capt Seguin helping to re-organize another company of Tejanos to fight for Texas independence.
After the Battle of the Alamo, General Sam Houston selected Capt Seguin’s Tejanos to be his rear action guard against the Mexican calvary of General Ramirez y Sesma, as Houston’s army retreated in the Runaway Scrape. At the Brazos River at San Felipe, there was a direct confrontation between the advanced cavalry men of General Ramirez y Sesma and Seguin’s Tejano vaqueros with Rodriguez. Gunshots were exchanged between them, but the Mexican cavalry was prevented from crossing the river to attack Houston’s army from the rear.
Rodriguez, under the command of Capt Seguin with his Tejanos, fought along side their fellow Texas compatriots to help General Houston win Texas independence on April 21, 1836.While General Ramirez y Sesma’s cavalry men were close by, they did not participate in the Battle of San Jacinto.
After the war, Ambrosio would continue to serve the Republic of Texas in the Army of the West (San Antonio) under the command of Lt. Col. Juan
Seguin and eventually be promoted to 2nd Lt. in Company B. Sorry, Santiago, but the only Perez that fought in the Texas army was Private Antonio Ruiz in Company B, and he took his orders from his superior officer, Lt. Rodriguez.
Ambrosio would be so happy to know there is another Rodriguez that believes in limited federal government, state rights, and the right to keep and bare arms. The very same principles that Rodriguez was willing to fight and die for Texas against Mexican General Ramirez y Sesma.
Viva Tejas y vivan Los Tejanos.
Jack Ayoub, Harlingen