In 1836, Mexico's president Santa Anna vowed to drive American settlers out of Texas, which at that time was a Mexican territory whose residents wanted to make it into an independent state. Santa Anna sent his armies ravaging across the state, sending citizens fleeing toward safety in the United States. This pell-mell, mass, desperate attempt at escape became known as “the Runaway Scrape.” The conflict culminated in the Battle of San Jacinto, during which an outnumbered and outgunned ragtag revolutionary army fought a well-armed and well-equipped foe and not only demolished the enemy but also captured Santa Anna. It is a remarkable story.
Billy Moore is also the author of Old Wild Man Terry, a novel about a girl living with her family on their horse ranch in Texas in 1912 who is befriended by a hermit who previously lived as a Black Seminole Indian and who helps her family recover their escaped horses.
This novel is a young adult novel, tailored to middle-grade readers.