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Surrender of Santa Anna by William Henry Huddle

Surrender of Santa Anna by William Henry Huddle

Artist William Henry Huddle painted Surrender of Santa Anna the morning of April 22, 1836, the day after the Battle of San Jacinto. Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna, in the uniform of a private soldier, was brought before Texas General Sam Houston as a prisoner of war. Houston, wounded in the battle, rested on a pallet under the oak tree while arranging an armistice with Santa Anna. To the right, seated on a log, was Erastus “Deaf” Smith, famous Texas scout; the captured Mexican battle flags were leaning nearby against the tree. To the left and rear of Houston was his Secretary of War, Thomas Jefferson Rusk, who was standing next to Colonel Mirabeau B. Lamar. More than 30 other historical figures were depicted in this painting. It has been on display in the first floor south wing of the Texas Capitol since February 1891.

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