De Zavala Cemetery
De Zavala Cemetery3523 Independence Parkway,
La Porte, TX 77530
This cemetery, transported from the estate of vice president of the Texas Republic Lorenzo de Zavala, holds the remains of a soldier deeply admired on both sides of the Revolutionary divide. He was Manuel Fernández Castrillón, a major general under Mexican dictator Santa Anna. On March 6, 1836, when nearly all defenders of the Alamo had been slaughtered, Castrillón implored Santa Anna to spare the lives of a few survivors. Furious that Castrillón had disobeyed his order to take no prisoners, Santa Anna commanded they be executed immediately; the Texian patriot David Crockett may have been among the final victims. When Castrillón himself died – at the Battle of San Jacinto – De Zavala recovered the bullet-riddled body of his old friend and honored him with a burial in his own family cemetery across the bayou.
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