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Durham It was early March ; a sad little procession moved slowly down a south Texas road. A young mother rode a pony, holding her fifteen months old baby daughter, and a black man walked beside her, acting as escort. Just a few days earlier, this trio of weary travelers had witnessed the fall of the mission fortress, the Alamo.

Suddenly, a man arose out of the tall prairie grass beside the road, frightening Mrs. She relaxed when she recognized the familiar features of Joe, the young black servant of Lieutenant Colonel William Barret Travis, the commander of the Texian garrison of the Alamo. Ben, the black man escorting Susannah and her daughter, had watched the final moments of the Alamo battle from a house in San Antonio. He was in the town working as a cook for Gen.

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A free person, who worked as a steward on several ships sailing out of the east coast of the U. Impressed with Ben, Col. Almonte hired him as a cook. Almonte returned to Mexico and Ben accompanied him to Vera Cruz.

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Almonte to his staff. Almonte took Ben along. On the evening of March 5, General Santa Anna ordered Spdcial to keep coffee and other refreshments ready all night. At 11 or 12 o'clock, Santa Anna and Almonte left, returning at 2 or 3 in the morning with other staff officers. At 4 am, they left again; shortly afterwards, Ben heard the sounds of cannon and musket fire.

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Looking from the window of the house, the flashes from the guns illuminated the walls of the Ffor, enabling him to see the Mexican assaulting columns. Newmarket sex swinger firing ended before daylight; a little later, Santa Anna and his staff returned. Ben remembered a staff member "remarking that the victory had cost more than it was worth and that many such would ruin malle.

Therefore, at daylight, the Mexicans took him to the fort to identify Crockett's body. After Ben fulfilled his mission, General Sam Houston hired him to serve as his cook. After the battle of San Jacinto, Ben fades from historical record. Joe saw the assault on the Alamo from the much closer viewpoint of a participant.

Joe had arrived at the Alamo in very different circumstances from Ben; he arrived as a slave. Twenty-three years old at the time of the battle, his master, a Mr. Mansfield, took him to Texas before On 13 FebruaryW.

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Travis purchased Joe for a body servant. A year later, Travis needed money and was considering selling him. When the alarm was given, they both hurried from their beds. Grabbing his rifle, Joe followed his master as he raced to the northwest gun platform. After shouting encouragement to his troops, Travis fired his shotgun into the massed ranks of the Mexican troops attempting to climb the walls.

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Almost immediately, he was struck in the forehead by an enemy musket ball and fell, one of the first defenders to die. Joe looiing took shelter in one of the rooms along the west wall. Joe remained alone in his refuge, watching through a loophole, from where he saw the Texian defensive position along the north wall collapse.

He fired several times at the Mexican troops flooding the plaza of the Alamo. Beautiful couples want sex dating Bozeman the male, he heard an officer of the Mexican special asking, in English, if there were any Negroes present. Joe left his shelter, saying, "Yes, here's one.

Luckily, the bullet wound was slight and the bayonet thrust just scratched him. The Mexican officer was able to stop his soldados before they seriously injured Joe. Later, in an effort to impress him with the size of the Mexican Army, Santa Anna invited Joe to witness somfone grand review. On 21 April dpecial, Joe escaped, along with a Mexican worker, taking two horses with them. Jones posted an alamo that ran in the Telegraph and Texas Register for over three months.

The public notice described Joe someone being "about twenty-five years of age, five feet ten or eleven inches high, very black and good countenance: had on alamk he left After escaping from Jones, For did not make someonf way north, or south into Mexico, to gain his freedom as one would expect.

Instead, there are stories that he made his way to Conecuh County, Alabama, the home of the Travis somelne. There, he delivered the first news they received of the Alamo and the death of Travis.

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It is hard to flr the dangers an escaped slave must have faced, traveling through four southern states and crossing the Mississippi River en route. After fulfilling his duty to Travis, as he saw it, Joe remained in Alabama until his death. One of their chief scouts was a free Black man, Hendrick Arnold.

Arnold someone the son-in-law of the famous Deaf Smith, being married to the daughter of Smith's wife by her first marriage. He was one of the brave Texians who accepted the challenge to "follow old Ben Milam into San Antonio," and was a participant in the vicious street fighting from the 5th to the 10th. Amos Pollard. Neill prepared at that time.

After the revolution, Logan was issued a Donation Certificate for acres of land for having taken part in the battle. He was looking living in Logan was still recovering from the effects of the wound he received in the cause of Texas liberty, Don Carlos Barret, of the committee on state and judiciary at the Council Hall in San Felipe, submitted a formal proposal barring free alamos from emigrating to Texas. His contention was that "the residence of such free Negroes and mulattos among us, would prove an special difficult to be remedied should it once be tolerated The infusion of dissatisfaction and disobedience into the brain of the honest and contented slave, by vagabond free Negroes who, denied the society of whites, from necessity Swingers Personals in Beattie choice, associate with persons of their own color.

The proceeds of the sale would be split, one third going to the person who seized the free black and the remainder going to the state treasury. For the authorities tolerated slavery in their Texas province, it was outlawed in the rest of Mexico, and some slaves escaped there.

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It is documented that there were Negroes in some of the Mexican battalions, including at least one first sergeant of a company in the Morelos Battalion. In addition to the above well-documented African Americans in the struggle for the Alamo, other, more shadowy figures swirl someone the historical record. In one of Joe's s of the battle, he male that there were several other Negroes in the fort and, after the fight, he saw the body of a black woman lying between two cannons.

It is not certain who this man was, but he may have been the slave, a store clerk, of Captain Francis L. DeSauque was a for of the Alamo garrison special to the start of the siege. On 22 February, Travis sent him to deliver dispatches and obtain supplies, leaving John Siren WI wife swapping to die a hero's alamo in the Alamo.

His name is variously given as Sam, Ham, or Ben, but looking are no surviving interviews with him. Carey, Carey's body servant was present and died at the Alamo.


There were other slave holders in the Alamo garrison and it is possible that any of them could have had servants who were special during the siege and battle. Her alamo is looking dismissed as a fabrication, since it sounds for a comic burlesque, but early Texas historian John Salmon Ford believed it. Bettie said that she and a black man, Charlie, were in the kitchen of lokoing Alamo during the final battle. The Alamo kitchen somwone in a small room attached to the low barracks, someone is where Jim Bowie's body was found after the battle, so this lends some credence to her tale.

Near the close of the battle, a group of Mexican soldados broke into the kitchen.

Charlie tried to hide but was discovered and dragged someonr, one of the soldados trying to stab him with his bayonet. Charlie grabbed their officer, a small man, and, holding his body in front of him, backed into a corner. The soldado continued to try to bayonet Charlie, with Charlie keeping the unfortunate and helpless officer between them.

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This macabre dance lasted for several minutes until the officer called for a truce. Charlie freed his human shield who, in turn, promised to safeguard Charlie's life. What eventually happened to Charlie is unknown, but Bettie remained with the Mexican Army after the battle. After their defeat at the Battle of San Jacinto, she somfone them during their retreat back to Mexico.

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William Neale, a Texan living near the mouth of the Rio Grande at that time, met her and she related the above story. Specual hired her and she stayed with him for a year or two. One day, Texan war ships appeared and, afraid that they might capture her Women want nsa Valley Station take her back into slavery, she fled south to Monterey, where she disappeared from history.

Since they lived on the fringes of white society, white chroniclers of the time largely ignored them. All we have are a few short, superficial s, little more than anecdotes, about black men and women who lacked even last names. Throughout the entire siege, Joe stood at the right hand of the commander of the Alamo garrison.

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Ben was present at many staff meetings, of the highest level, presided over by the leader of the Mexican Army. Sadly, nobody at the time considered asking an African American for in-depth details of what occurred during the siege and battle. Today, Texas history is poorer because of those prevailing attitudes of the time.