Just as a reminder, the Runaway Scrape was a period in Texas history that was just what the name implies…a time when people in Texas ran away. It can be dated generally as occurring between January of 1836 and lasting until what we call the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21 of that same year.
During the early months of 1836, a feeling of terror that created panic in the Texians who expected the Mexican army to descend upon them every day. Typically, settlers loaded up and left their homes in such haste that they carried very little with them as they fled, often in the rain and the cold.
Hunger and sickness claimed the lives of many Texians who believed they were fleeing in front of Santa Anna. As news reached them of the fall of the Alamo and the massacre at Goliad panic often turned into an even more freenzied running away with little but the clothes upon their backs.
Most settlers returned to their homes immediately upon learning of Santa Anna’s defeat at San Jacinto. Unfortunatly, very few found their homes intact upon their return. For most, however, this was a period of rebuilding the homes and settlements which had been burned…either by the Mexican army or by the settlers who refused to allow their things to fall into the hands of the Mexicans.
It wasn’t long before the tenacity of the Texians paid off as Texas and its citizens, now called Texans, found themselves a free people!