In the 1800’s, soldiers traveled to the battle scene by horse or foot. To get from the San Jacinto Monument to the field where the battle reenactment will take place, we went by golf cart.
(Sound of hammers).
It’s early Friday afternoon and workers are hamming stakes that will hold up their tents. They’ll sleep in the same quarters, wear the same clothes and eat the same food as soldiers did during the 1800’s.
“All our uniforms down here are authentic the guns are authentic. Same thing on the Texas side, the clothes a lot of them are handmade.”
Jerry Tubbs is working on the Mexican side.
“How do we know this is what is actually look like.”
“We don’t. We have books and documentation to go off of, but this is as close to it as we can get considering this is modern times.”
The festival is about more than just reenacting the battle. It’s a chance for people of all ages to get a real life history lesson.
Tubbs takes me into his tent and shows me his weapons. Saturday the public will be able to go inside as well.
“This is a 75 caliber smooth bore brown bask musket. Shoots a ball that’s 3 quarters of an inch across.”
“This is real?”
“It’s real. It’s very heavy 9 and a half pounds so after a day of carrying this all, it feels more like 19 and a half pounds.”
Larry Spasik is in charge of the festival and the San Jacinto museum. He says some families will come early so kids can see the actors, taste the food, and play the games kids played two centuries ago. But others want to see the fighting.
“The reenactment is the most popular event of the day. We will have blacksmiths and quilters and musicians and square dancers.”
The festivities start at 10am and go until six in the evening. The Battle Reenactment starts at three.