The Battle of Medina Research Team (from left) Rob Lackowicz, Zack Overfield, Brandon Seale, and Crystal Allgood
The Battle of Medina research team, (from left) Rob Lackowicz, Zack Overfield, Brandon Seale, and Crystal Allgood, review maps of the terrain in the area of the battle. Credit: Courtesy / Brandon Seale

On Sept. 16, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla unleashed a cry of protest against centuries of Spanish exploitation of New Spain. San Antonians under a retired militia captain named Juan Bautista de las Casas took up the cry and attached themselves to his cause.

We start our search for the battlefield of Medina by dissecting the most primary account of them all: the post-action report of the Spanish Royalist commander, Joaquín de Arredondo. He gives us our first important clues for narrowing the search area. 

Related Links: Joaquín de Arredondo’s Post-Action Report in Spanish.  Transcription by Brian Stauffer.

Joaquín de Arredondo’s Report of the Battle of the Medina, August 18, 1813.

Brandon Seale is the president of Howard Energy Ventures. With degrees in philosophy, law, and business, he writes and records stories about the residents of the borderland and about the intersection of...