Alamo Traces: New Evidence and New Conclusions

By Thomas Ricks Lindley

Destined to be a arguable background of 1 of the preferred Americna landmarks, Alamo Traces is Thomas Ricks Lindley's masterpiece. Fifteen years of study makes this severe exam of the Alamo tale a quantity of ancient fact and accuracy. the writer burrows deep into the documents and shovels away deposits of fable, folklore, and defective learn which are generations deep. by no means wavering in its look for the bedrock of truth, this convincing hypothesis approximately what may well fairly have occurred in the course of that brave struggle for independence.

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Ehrenberg’s obituary, it appears written through his shut good friend and enterprise accomplice Samuel Peter Heintzelman (James E. Crisp, “In Pursuit of Herman Ehrenberg: A learn Adventure,” Southwestern ancient Quarterly, CII: 435), which seemed within the ny occasions, January 10, 1867, suggested that Ehrenberg were “the merely survivor of the Fannin bloodbath on the Alamo. ” If Ehrenberg used to be a part of Fannin’s reinforcement of the Alamo, he was once now not the one survivor of that motion, yet he can have been on the time of his demise. eighty three Muster Roll, Capt. Chenoweth’s Co. ; Alamo vote casting checklist, February 1, 1836; John Chenoweth affidavit, might three, 1837, Brazoria, Samuel M. Edwards Probate, Brazoria County Probate files, Brazoria, Texas; Refugio vote casting record, February 1, 1836; San Patricio vote casting checklist, February 1, 1836; Kevin R. younger, Texas Forgotten Heroes (Goliad: Goliad County old fee, 1986). The Chenoweth muster roll identifies those males as having been killed. An inspection of the Goliad checklist indicates they weren't killed whereas with Fannin’s command at Goliad. And on condition that the corporate rode to the Alamo and later fell again to Gonzales, the single motion during which they can were killed was once of their reinforcement of the Alamo or the autumn of the Alamo on March 6. William Badgett, who's indexed as no longer being killed, Adolf A. Petrasweiz, W. H. Sanders, and William Hunter, who're indexed as killed, all voted at Refugio on February 1. therefore, the lifeless males weren't a part of the Alamo on February 1, 1836. additionally, Samuel M. Edwards is pointed out as having died with Fannin at Goliad. however, Chenoweth first pointed out Edwards as having died with Fannin, then he crossed that out and wrote that Edwards had died on the “Alimo. ” eighty four “A record of the Gonzales Ranging corporation . . . ,” February 23, 1836; Sowell, Early Settlers, 9-10; George B. Kimbell pay certificates, November 29, 1839; James George pay certificates, January 15, 1839; Thomas R. Jackson pay certificates, March four, 1840; Horce Eggleson affidavit, January three, 1841, probate quantity 21, Gonzales County probate files, information, Gonzales County Courthouse, Gonzales, Texas; James Taylor and Edward Taylor affidavit, March three, 1836; J. C. Taylor affidavit, September 6, 1890, George Taylor affidavit, February 2, 1836 and J. C. Taylor, August 7, 1890; James Taylor, Edward Taylor, and William Taylor affidavit, March three, 1836; Petition in regard to the deaths of brothers James and William George on the Alamo, n. d. , Bexar, and Interrogation of Benjamin McCulloch, n. d. , Bexar, court docket of Claims dossier, C-3103, GLO. In overall, this checklist is a top wager compilation in accordance with the resources. many of the males could have entered the Alamo on March 1 with John W. Smith and Albert Martin. eighty five Alamo vote casting record, February 1, 1836; Erath, “Memoirs of significant George Bernard Erath,” 231; Merret and Saul assertion, July 1838; Thomson and Pattillo to Robinson, February 26, 1836. The names in this checklist don't seem at the February 1 Alamo balloting checklist. therefore, it sounds as if they entered the Alamo after that date.

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