The SEA of MUD April 29,1836 - May 9, 1836.
After the archeology was completed at site 41WH91, Gregg Dimmick and
Joe Hudgins decided that more work was needed to be done to track the
Mexican Army farther through the Lissie Prairie. A group of
history buffs that included Gregg Dimmick, Joe Hudgins, Terry Kieler,
Gene Marik, J.P. Marik, Ed Person, George Ressler and John Wicke
decided to help recover as much evidence as possible from the Sea of
Mud. Several more volunteers joined as progress was being made.
Nearly every weekend for the next 5 years was spent
searching an area almost 5 miles long and containing thousands of
acres. The State of Texas issued the trinomials 41WH92,
41WH94 and 41WH95 for the large site which was the 2nd
archeological undertaking in the State of Texas at the time. It was
surpassed only by the La Salle Shipwreck project
The landowners generously allowed us access to their land and tolerated our presence. The archeology resulted in a new understanding of the intentions of the Mexican Army after the mishap at San Jacinto. They were not an army in retreat but were an army intending to carry on military operations after establishing contact with their government and getting resupplied. The Sea of Mud destroyed their ability to become a viable fighting unit and preserved the Texian victory at San Jacinto.
Sea of Mud looking to the South
Emblem , probably|
from a Shako or Cross-Belt
|Broken Flaming Bomb Emblem|
4.6 cm x 5.0 cm
Brass Emblem, 6.1 cm in dia. ||Back of Brass Emblem with Remains of the Fasteners|
Rectangular Brass Cross-Belt
6.3 cm x 4.8 cm, wt. 62.8 gms
|Reverse of Brass Cross-Belt Plate|
6.3 cm x 4.8 cm, wt. 62.8 gms
lead Musket Balls are a sampling of the hundreds
that were found in the Sea of Mud.
Many had visible casting seams and some had partial sprues remaining.
|Light Brass Cocade||Brass Tack .75" long||Brass Musket Balls .56 and .74 cal. .|
|Wooden Howitzer Fuse||Details of a
All of the howitzer balls found in the sea of mud were filled with gunpowder and fitted with wooden fuses that contained slow burning gunpowder. Howitzer balls were generally not fitted with fuses until they were ready to be fired. Apparently the Mexican Army feared being attacked at the time. Some howitzer balls were unmarked and others had several different markings including a "V" with a line below, a starlike design similiar to an asterisk and the fancy marking shown above. The purpose of these markings is unknown.
|Light Canister Shot, about 1in. diam.||Heavy Canister Shot, about 1.3in. diam.|
Six of these brass coat buttons were found in a very small area by John Wicke.They each measured 20 mm and all had shanks present. All had plain fronts, "Rich Gilt Standard" back marks and the floral design. The close groupings may indicate that a complete coat was discarded or lost at the spot.
Bess Nose Cap with Pin
Brown Bess New
Pattern Side Plate
Brass Sword Guard
similiar to one on a Baker Rifle
Lead Flint Pad for Musket
Style Horse or Mule Shoe