On Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836, the imprisoned Texans at Goliad arose at dawn, fell into three ranks, and marched off in different directions under guard. The men assumed they were being sent off for work details. At a given signal, the Mexican soldiers opened fire at the sitting and kneeling prisoners. The Mexicans then killed the sick and wounded, which included Colonel Fannin, but spared others who had not directly taken up arms against Mexico. In total, 342 Texans were slaughtered in cold blood; only 28 escaped. Bodies of the slain Texans were piled and burned. Dogs and vultures finished what the fire did not consume. On June 3, 1836, Texan soldiers in General Thomas J. Rusk’s command collected the remains of the executed prisoners of war and buried them with full military honors.
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