Wednesday, August 18, 2010

August 18 in San Antonio history...

The Spanish royalist army under Gen. Joaquín de Arredondo is victorious at the Battle of Medina south of San Antonio. Gen. Arredondo's forces enter San Antonio two days after the battle and inflict punishment on the civilian population. 700 of the citizens are imprisoned, eighteen die of suffocation out of 300 in one house; the remainder are shot.

The first train into Comfort was the occasion of great rejoicing in that city and a brass band serenaded the town. The train men and citizens drank up 17 kegs of beer during the jollification.

The new 750-telephone exchange at Ft. Sam Houston will be "cut in" near midnight tonight. For the first time women and girls will replace signal corps operators on the switchboard.

Use of the San Antonio River as a water highway to the gulf complete with locks, docks, etc. has become a possibility of the not too distant future following agreement of the war department to conduct a survey.

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