April 20, 1836 marked the day that Santa Anna’s troops and Sam Houston’s Army arrived at the battlegrounds. History tells that Sam Houston’s Army was rested and ready for battle while Santa Anna’s troops needed a day to recharge. While resting and preparing, a group of soldiers were sent to destroy Vince’s Bridge. The reason this was important was because destroying the bridge stopped the advancement of the troops. John “Jack” Coker was one of seven men, led by Deaf Smith, who successfully burned the bridge.
In an article written by T. Scott Atkinson and sent by Historian Mary Eck, Atkinson proclaims, “Without a doubt, one of the most pivotable points in the Texas Revolution was the burning of Vince’s Bridge.”
John “Jack” Coker received a land grant from the Republic of Texas for his participation in the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. This land later became where Coker is today.
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