Born on a plantation just north of Marion (near Warner Robins) James Fannin joined the "Texians" when they revolted against dictator Santa Anna. His West Point background served him well organizing troops, but he had a tarnished career as a commander. Captain Fannin participated in the battle of Gonzales, (Oct. 2, 1835), recognized as the break between Americans living in Texas and the Mexican government.
Later that month he and Jim Bowie led the American troops involved in the battle of Concepcion. In February, 1836 he was ordered by General Sam Houston to relieve the Alamo, a task which he began on February 25. He abandoned forward movement and returned to Fort Defiance (Goliad) on March 4. On March 6, 1836 the Alamo falls. Houston, now in East Texas ordered Fannin to join him, which, for some reason that is left to conjecture, Fannin did not do. Slowly Mexican General Jose Urrea gained a stranglehold on Fannin's position. The Georgian made repeated defensive mistakes, including dividing his army repeatedly, leaving a developed position for territory that offered no natural defensive positions, and making severe logistic errors. About 10 miles from Goliad, Fannin found himself surrounded by a superior force of Mexicans. He surrendered his force to Urrea after the Battle of Coleto Creek (known by a variety of names), and was killed along with almost all those under his command.
Today the battlecry "Remember the Alamo" is immortalized in American history as the rallying point for the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. The actual call during the battle was "Remember Goliad, Remember the Alamo."