San Jacinto Day celebration marks 176th anniversary of famous battle: "As significant battles go, the size of the armies involved in the decisive engagement that led to Texas becoming a nation 175 years ago this week was relatively modest.
Even more compelling was the duration of the fighting at San Jacinto -- just 18 minutes.
But in true Texas fashion, the monument that commemorates the battle is 536 feet tall -- the world's tallest war memorial.
To some historians, the encounter April 21, 1836, between the ragtag 900-man Texian army and the more formally trained 1,300-man Mexican army is a metaphor for the Lone Star State.
'We'll make something big out of something small,' says Larry Spasic, president of the San Jacinto Museum of History Association, peering through a narrow rectangular window near the top of the San Jacinto Monument, which marks the battlefield."