Skip to comments.Illinois museum has Santa Anna’s leg, and Texas site wants it
Posted on 05/10/2014 4:51:55 AM PDT by billorites
AUSTIN The petition to wrest Santa Annas leg from Illinois and bring it to Texas was flat-footed from the start.
But Texas museum officials believe their heart was in the right place, even if that prosthetic leg is not.
Last month, the San Jacinto Battle Monument and Museum launched a petition on the White House website, hoping to get 100,000 signatures to lure an important artifact to Texas. It suggested that the wooden and cork leg used by Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna the villain of the Alamo and Goliad and a figure deeply embedded in Texas lore should join other historical items in a Texas museum.
The leg, curiously enough, is in the Illinois State Military Museum in Springfield. And officials there are in no mood to give it up.
We know Santa Anna is a big deal in Texas history, said museum curator Bill Lear. But its here. Its going to stay here. You dont trade artifacts.
Given that attitude, San Jacinto museum officials thought a petition might do something to kick it loose.
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Texas should have a leg up on that request.
Good grief! People find the damnedest things to fight over.
I’m a 7th generation Texan—and I can’t imagine wanting Santa Anna’s artificial leg for a museum.
I must be missing something here..
I’d tell Texas to take a hike.
I live in Illinois and I can assure you that Texas won’t be able to walk all over us.
Probably his shoe and Michigan has that.........we're not giving it back either.
You may keep it—with my blessing ...
Hmmm, the author of this article must have one leg with no prosthetic too.
You’re missing a leg.
I live in the bankrupt (financially and politically) state of Illinoisistan. I suggest the leg be put up for auction on Ebay. We need the $.
Careful here. The BLM may claim it as they do all property that there is any dispute as to who it rightfully belongs.
I reckon Texas doesn’t have a leg to stand on.
People from Texas tried to dig up Moses Austin’s grave in Potosi MO to take back to Texas, but were stopped. A concrete cap was poured over the grave site to prevent it from happening again.
Meanwhile, if I recall my history, Santa Anna’s real leg was burred in Mexico City with lavish pomp and ceremony in something vaguely resembling Napoleon’s tomb. This happened during one of the half-dozen times he was Mexico’s president. However, a short time later, having overstayed his welcome, as he always did, angry Mexicans ran him out of town, dug out his leg, and threw it in the river.
Isn’t there some story about Stonewall Jackson’s actual leg buried somewhere other than with the rest of his body? And where’s Santa Anna’s real leg?
Crazy people are everywhere ..
Frankly, I'm stumped...
It's just a flesh wound...