The Edge of Freedom, A Fact-Based Novel of the Texas Revolution, is based on the events of the Goliad campaign in the Texas Revolution. The Goliad executions occurred on Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836. The Alamo fell three weeks earlier, and in April of that year Sam Houston led Texian forces to a surprise victory over the Mexicans at the Battle of San Jacinto, his men screaming “Remember the Alamo!” and “Remember Goliad!”
Multiple films and scores of books confirm that the Alamo story has certainly been remembered. It is a compelling story, but it has become as mythical as it is historical because of its treatment in book and film. The author of The Edge of Freedom believes that the Goliad story is too often forgotten because it reveals the complexities of life and of history that the emphasis on the Alamo often obscures. The controversial efforts of two men, Colonel James Walker Fannin, the Texian commander, and his Mexican counterpart, General José de Urrea, to save lives on both sides, despite the cruel edicts of General Santa Anna, deserve a greater share of our historical memory than they have gained thus far.
(Inset photo of Presidio La Bahia, Celia Hayes)