Much of the below information is from The Handbook Of Texas Online.

The battle of Coleto, the culmination of the Goliad Campaign of 1836, occurred near Coleto Creek in Goliad County on March 19 and 20, 1836.  Colonel Fannin, commanding, was ordered to abandon the persidio and mission complex he had been defending at Goliad and was on his way to Victoria when overtaken by a large number of Mexican soldiers under command of General Jose de Urrea.  Surrounded on the prairie, and greatly outnumbered,  these relatively untrained men fought valiantly the afternoon of the 19th, and surrendered on the 20th. The more than 300 “Texicans” under command of Colonel Fannin surrendered at Coleto Creek only after being promised in writing by General Urrea personally that they would be treated humanly, as prisoners of war.

Originally called "the battle of the prairie" and "la batalla del encinal [oak grove] del Perdido [Creek]," it was one of the most significant engagements of the Texas Revolution, mostly because of the tragic outcome gave much incentive to the Texians to fight on,  and it proved that these civilian soldiers could stand up to the professional armies of Mexico and take orders from their superiors.    The Battle of Coleto Creek resulted a week later in the massacre at Goliad better known to many in those days as “La Bahia.”  The captives had been taken back to Mission La Bahia and the persidio at Goliad where Santa Anna sent orders that they all be put to the sword, even though General Urrea pleaded for clemency on their behalf.   On Palm Sunday, they were divided into several smaller groups and marched out of the Mission at Goliad under the pretense of marching to the coast to be put on a ship and paroled back to the United States “... A little ways out of the mission, they were halted and shot to death.  Murdered!  Very few escaped to carry the news to others of their fate.

Mexico’s official policy (authorized by their congress in Mexico City) that all Anglo Americans bearing arms in Texas be considered as pirates and be executed, together with the evidence at the Alamo and Goliad that Santa Anna intended to enforce this policy,  ANGERED THE TEXIANS TO THE DEGREE THAT THEY SHOWED NO MERCY AT SAN JACINTO to the army of Santa Anna.  The battle cry at San Jacinto was:

“Remember the Alamo!

Remember Goliad!

Remember La Bahia!”

For more information about this important event see the following:

This detailed account of Joseph Barnard, one of the survivors of the massacre was written by my second cousin, Hobart Huson, who was a historian who lived in Refugio, Texas.

A very good historical novel about this Event, the details leading to it and the aftermath is Massacre at Goliad by Elmer Kelton. 

As the Mexican soldiers aimed their rifles at the captives...."Boys, they are going to kill us---die with your faces to them, like men!"......two other young men, flourishing their caps over their heads, shouted at the top of their voices: "Hurra for Texas!" Can Texas cease to cherish the memory of those, whose dying words gave a pledge of their devotion to her cause?--Capt. Jack Shackelford, Survivor of the Massacre

......There was a general cry which pervaded the ranks: 'Remember the Alamo! Remember La Bahia!' These words electrified us all.--Thomas J. Rusk, Secretary of War referring to the defeat of the Mexican Centralista Forces at San Jacinto

        The Coleto Creek Holster

There are other differences, but the first & most noticeable difference in the “Coleto Creek” and the other holsters on this web site is the much wider “keeper strap” across the front.  This larger strap can be included on most of the other designs as well, and can easily accommodate larger than usual conchos.   

This particular holster is dyed “antique saddle tan,” & is tooled with a wide rope on  the outside and two raised beads on the inside.  The trigger guard is outside the pocket, which gives more control as the revolver is drawn and re-holstered. 

The skirt on this example is fairly narrow, but could be built with a wider skirt, or the skirt could be omitted altogether. That is the advantage of a full custom shop.  I encourage my customers to help me design a holster especially for them.  You are not limited by the pattern I have already made.  You can have something unique at no additional cost. 

The following are photos from a reenactment of the battle:

A reminder:  Always measure the circumference of exactly where you plan to wear your gunbelt... over the kind of clothes you will be wearing with the rig.

For all our holsters we use “heavy saddle skirting” from Hermann Oak.  This is vegetable tanned leather - the very best domestic hides, and tanned in America.

Unless your holsters are constructed using heavy skirting (at least 12 - 15 oz leather)  they will not hold their shape nor hold up to heavy use.

                  Fall Sale

Until the end of the year, when you order a double rig (2 holsters and any gun belt)... 

We will either build a 3rd holster at no cost...

Or two cartridge slides (shot shell or revolver) at no cost.


e-mail: Don Barnett

Phone: 281-659-3998

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The Coleto Creek