This Day in Texas History (redux)
This Day in Texas History (redux):
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February 02, …
1836: James Bowie writes Governor Smith, urging that Bexar be held because it was a strategic “frontier picqet guard.” Bowie also wrote to Smith that he and Neill (James Clinton Neill commanded the Bexar garrison) had resolved to “die in these ditches” before they would surrender the post. The letter confirmed Smith’s understanding of controlling factors. He had concluded that Bexar must not go undefended.