OF SANTA ANNA PAINTING
William Henry Huddle painted the scene of the morning of
April 22, 1836, the day after Texas' victory over Mexico
at 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. Over
thirty other historical figures were depicted in this painting.
It has been on display in the first floor south wing of
the Capitol since February 1891.