“Finding Medina” weaves together the events surrounding the Battle of Medina with the modern-day search for the battlefield itself. Despite being the largest, bloodiest battle in Texas history, the Medina battlefield has eluded archaeologists for more than a century. By the end of this podcast series, we hope to change that.
Episode 12: Is this the Battlefield of Medina?
Is this the Battlefield of Medina?
The Most Important Primary Account of the Battle of Medina
Sometime in the 1820's or 30's, an anonymous survivor of the Spanish Royalist occupation of San Antonio in 1813 wrote down his (or her?) memories of those tragic events. As far as I know, it is the only contemporary Spanish-language account of these events from the Republican perspective, and our friend Joe Arciniega joins us once again this episode to read it into the historical record.
Terror in Texas
Royalist General Joaquín de Arredondo teaches San Antonio a lesson they will never forget. The research team compiles the best information they have compiled over the previous year to make one final map.
The Battle of Medina Revisited
We do our best to retell what happened on August 18, 1813, somewhere just south of San Antonio, based on the best available information. And we test artifacts from the battle are tested to determine their age.
Artifacts at Last
José Álvarez de Toledo deposes Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara, sapping the morale of the Republican Army of the North just as Joaquín de Arredondo begins his march on San Antonio. At long last, we find what we believe to be munitions from the Battle of Medina!
The Battle of Alazán Creek
Royalist Colonel Elizondo marches on San Antonio and sets up camp on Alazán Creek. The search team uncovers our first body from the Battle of Medina.
I keep trying to give Finding Medina a 5 star rating. But, I doesn’t seem to take. Hopefully, this review will.
I started listening to Finding Medina a few days ago and just couldn’t stop. It’s a thrill ride. A living history. An adventure. A journey of discovery for both the audience and the author. You’ll feel the grito in your gut and yearn for redemption for all those republicano slain, wherever their sun-kissed remains do lie. (*WARNING: You may also debate the merits of chocolate tamales with your wife and long for a lovely little hay farm).
Don’t get me wrong. For all it’s introspection, this is a real history, based on a sound methodology utilizing primary accounts. It’s just not dry, dull, or distant. The author has managed to make it interesting, immediate, and interpersonal. He invites us all to tag along on his Indiana Jones adventure.
So, do yourself a favor. Go on the hunt for Finding Medina.
Following my experience with New History of Old Texas -San Antonio, I delved into this podcast by Brandon Seale.
As the previous series, this one did not disappoint! He does highlight how such a seminal event in our history has been diminished to the point that we still cannot definitively point to a proven physical location of this battle.
I found it very telling of his commitment to historical discovery that he would personally invest in a parcel of land to hopefully discover the battlefield.
Brandon’s work, and that of his team has reinvigorated a discussion of the valiant forces that faced off against one another that fateful August day in 1813....
I have listened to the complete episodes of Finding Medina. Learning about the men and women who came before us and who are part of our DNA is an enlightenment of what our people went through and the lives sacrificed so that we could become a free country. They lost their families, their homes, their livelihood.