A small detachment of Lone Star rebels rode out of Goliad on Oct. 25, 1835, with orders to attack the government garrison at Fort Lipantitlan.

As conceived by Capt. Philip Dimitt during the early days of the Texas Revolution, the Lipantitlan Expedition had two objectives: the rescue of a pair of rebel prisoners and the destruction of the strategic fortification on the Nueces River. And by “destruction” Dimitt made it clear to Ira Westover that he meant the death or capture of each and every defender.

Bartee Haile writes This Week In Texas History which appears every Sunday. He welcomes your comments and questions barteehaile@gmail.com or P.O. Box 130011, Spring, TX 77393 and invites you to visit his website at barteehaile.com.

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