We have two
individuals that died at the
Green B. Jemison moved to Louisiana, where
he met up with Jim Bowie
and when Jim moved to
Green B Jemison 1809 1936
“When I left home it was with a
determination to see
Green B Jemison to
Gov. Henry Smith,
The valiant defense of the
Having fought in the battle of Bexar, the
27 year old Kentuckian had already earned the respect of the men in the
garrison as a bold, forthright leader.
He planned and supervised the digging of the trenches, the
reinforcements of the walls, the building of the staked palisade. Jamison strategic mounting of the 21 cannons
so strengthened the defense of the
Here is a brief story of the battle of the
Unsheathing his sword in a lull in the virtually incessant bombardment, Col. Travis drew a line in the sand before his battle weary men. In voice trembling with emotion he described the hopelessness of their plight and said, “Those prepared to give their lives in freedoms cause, come over to me”. Without hesitation, every man, save one, crossed the line. Col. James Bowie, stricken with pneumonia, asked that his cot be carried over.
For twelve days now, since February 23, when Travis answered Mexican General Antonio Lopez De Santa Anna’s surrender ultimatum with a canon shot, the defenders had withstood the onslaught of an army which ultimately numbered 4000 men.
Committed to death inside the
Now, with ammunition and supplied all but exhausted, yet determined to make a Mexican victory more costly than in defeat, those who rallied to the Texas cause awaited the inevitable.
It came suddenly in the chilly, pre dawn hours of March 6. With bugles sounding the dreaded “Deguello” (No quarters to the defenders), colums of Mexican soldiers attacked from the North, the East, South and the West. Twice repulsed by withering musket fire and cannon shot, they concentrated their attack at the battered North wall. Travis with a single shot through his forehead, fell across his cannon. The Mexicans swarmed through the breach and into the plaza. At frightful cost they fought their way to the Long barracks , and blasting its massive doors with cannon shots. Its defenders, asking no quarters and receiving none, were put to death with grapeshot, musket fire and bayonets.
Crockett, using his rifle as a club, fell
as the attackers, now joined by reinforcements who stormed the South wall,
turned to the Chapel. The Texan’s inside
soon suffered the fate of their comrades.
Present in the
The Texan’s smoldering desire for freedom, kindled by the funeral pyres of the Alamo, roared into flames three weeks later at Goliad when Santa Anna coldly ordered the massacre of more than three hundred prisoners taken at the battle of Coleto Creek.
On April 21, forty six days after the fall
of the Alamo, less than eight hundred angered Texan,s and American volunteers led by General Sam Houston
launched a furious attack on the Mexican Army of 1500 at San Jacinto, shouting
“remember the Alamo”, “Remember Goliad”,
They completely routed the
Mexican Army in a matter of minutes, killing 630, while losing nine. Santa Anna was captured.