William Barret Travis

William Barret Travis (HM1MFI)

Location: Anahuac, TX 77514 Chambers County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 45.331', W 94° 41.289'

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(August 9, 1809 - March 6, 1836)

Co-commander with James Bowie, siege of the Alamo. Born in South Carolina; moved with family in 1818 to Alabama, where at 19 he was admitted to the bar; came to Texas 1831. In anahuac he joined william H. Jack and others resisting tyranny of customs collector Juan Davis Bradburn and was jailed 50 days in the fort (1832). In 1835 he led in capture and disarming of Mexican garrison reoccupying Fort Anahuac.

As lieutenant of volunteers sent to key city San Antonio in war against Mexican Dictator Santa Anna, he drew men and food into the Alamo on Feb. 23, 1836, and defied with a cannon shot Santa Anna's call to surrender. On Feb. 24, civilian leader James Bowie fell ill, leaving 26-year-old Travis in charge. At Travis' call for aid, 32 men from Gonzales joined the Alamo forces, but Fannin's 500 failed to march in time from Goliad. With doom upon him, Travis drew line on floor to separate men wishing to leave from those staying; only one left. the 182 remaining— including hero Davy Crockett— made Santa Anna's army of 2,500 pay dearly for triumph on March 6, 1836. Travis' last message, telling of his resolution to achieve victory or death in face of the foe's overwhelming numbers, has been called one of the world's noblest documents.
Marker Number9135
Year Placed1971
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Saturday, August 1st, 2015 at 6:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 336772 N 3292888
Decimal Degrees29.75551667, -94.68815000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 45.331', W 94° 41.289'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 45' 19.86" N, 94° 41' 17.34" W
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Area Code(s)409
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Chambers Dr, Anahuac TX 77514, US
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