Yellow Rose of Texas

Way back in 1979, my seventh grade Texas history teacher told us that the infamous Yellow Rose of Texas was actually a mullatto slave girl the Texans sent to “occupy” Sana Ana during the Battle of San Jacinto. As the Texans attacked during the Mexican siesta, Santa Ana was literally caught with his pants down – this may explain why he was able to quickly change uniforms and attempt to pass himself off as a private when captured by the Texans.

One of my co-workers recently confirmed she heard the same story from her history teaching aunt. Anybody out there heard the same story or have any proof?

try here:




James Michener mentions this in his wonderful double biography (of Santa Ana and Sam Houston) “The Eagle and th Raven”. Michener suggests that he’s suspicious of the story. I have to second that – it seems to fall into that category of “too good to be true”. (Kind of like the supposedly true story behind the meaning of “Rosebud” in Citizen Kane – to real-life William Randolph Hearst it wasn’t what the movie reveals at the end, the story goes.)

On the other hand, I don’t know anything that refutes the story, either. But my suspicion meter is high.

…here is another site…
seems rather fully footnoted,but we all know that Texans have never allowed the truth to get in the way of a good story :wink:

Thanks for the info. Being a UT grad, I’ll have to put my full faith behing the article linked via the UT library system :wink:

Actually, it is good to see that the legend of the Yellow Rose may, indeed, have some basis in fact, albeit a bit distorted.