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This day in Texas History: Preservationist Rebecca Fisher Dies

This day in Texas History: Preservationist Rebecca Fisher Dies March 21, 1926 On this day in 1926, Rebecca Fisher died in Austin. She was born Rebecca Gilleland in Philadelphia in 1831. Her family came to Texas around 1837 and settled in Refugio County. In 1840 Comanches attacked their home, killing Rebecca’s parents and taking Rebecca…
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This day in Texas History: Alamo Falls to Mexican Army

This day in Texas History: Alamo Falls to Mexican Army March 06, 1836 On this day in 1836, the chapel of San Antonio de Valero Mission, under siege for thirteen days by the Mexican army under General Antonio Lòpez de Santa Anna, was subjected to an early morning assault. After a fierce battle, lasting for…
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This Day in Texas History: Pioneer Memoirist Born in Missouri

This Day in Texas History: Pioneer Memoirist Born in Missouri April 28, 1825 Dilue Rose Harris (1825–1914), pioneer and memoirist, the daughter of Dr. Pleasant W. and Margaret (Wells) Rose, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 28, 1825.  The family arrived in Texas in April 1833, stopped temporarily at Harrisburg, and settled at…
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This Day in Texas History: Infamy at Goliad

This Day in Texas History: Infamy at Goliad March 27, 1836 On this day in 1836, which happened to be Palm Sunday, at least 342 Texans were executed by firing squad at Goliad. The Texans considered these men prisoners of war, whereas General Santa Anna thought them “perfidious foreigners.” The Mexican dictator had decreed that…
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This Day in Texas History: Travis Writes Letter From the Alamo

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Travis Writes Letter From the Alamo February 24, 1836 On this day in 1836, William Barret Travis, commanding the Texans under attack in the Alamo, wrote his famous letter addressed “To the People of Texas and All Americans in the World.” In the…
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This day in Texas History: Davy Crockett Loses Election, Heads for Alamo

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Davy Crockett Loses Election, Heads for Alamo January 09, 1836 On this day in 1836, after losing his bid for a fourth term as a Tennessee representative to the U. S. Congress, Davy Crockett wrote a letter stating his intention to go to Texas. This,…
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This day in Texas History: Texans assault Mexican garrison at Béxar

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Texans assault Mexican garrison at Béxar December 05, 1835 On this day in 1835, the Texas revolutionary army began its assault on the Mexican garrison at San Antonio de Béxar. Ben Milam and William Gordon Cooke gathered more than 300 volunteers to attack the town…
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