Travis, William Barret, 1809-1836

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As commander of the doomed Alamo garrison, Colonel William Barret Travis became a legendary figure in Texas history. Born in South Carolina in 1809, Travis went on to study law and marry Rosanna Cato before moving to Texas. He left his family behind and settled in Stephen F. Austin's colony to practice law. With the coming of war with Mexico, Travis became an army officer and was ordered to reinforce the Alamo garrison in San Antonio de Bexar. He took command after James C. Neill gave up the post to attend to family matters. Facing an overwhelming force of Mexican troops under the command of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Travis commanded the 180 defenders of the Alamo, including such figures as David Crockett and Jim Bowie. The Alamo fell on March 6, 1836, ending Travis' life at age 26.

From the guide to the William Barret Travis Papers, 1831-1924, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

Army officer and lawyer.

From the description of Message of William Barret Travis, 1836 February 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 757178528

William Barret Travis, lawyer and soldier, was the lieutenant colonel in charge of the Alamo during the siege by Antonio López de Santa Anna and the Mexican Army which started February 23, 1836. Travis died when the Mexican Army stormed the Alamo on March 6, 1836.

From the description of Letter to the people of Texas, 1836, Feb. 24. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122396927

William Barret Travis emigrated to Texas from Alabama in 1831. In 1832 he settled in San Felipe, where he practiced law. Travis died while commanding Texas soldiers at the siege of the Alamo in 1836.

Luke Lesassier was a lawyer and served as alcalde of Austin.

From the description of Petition to represent heirs of Eli Holly : San Felipe, Tex., 1833 Sep 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83206611

William Barret Travis emigrated to Texas from Alabama in 1831. In 1832 he settled in San Felipe, where he practiced law. Travis died while commanding Texas soldiers at the siege of the Alamo in 1836.

Luke Lesassier was a lawyer and served as alcalde of Austin.

From the description of Petition to represent heirs of Eli Holly : San Felipe, Tex., 1833 Sep 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702150668

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Army papers, 1835-1846 University of Texas at Austin. General Libraries
creatorOf Britton, James L.,. James L. Britton collection, 1817-1889, (bulk 1829-1855). San Jacinto Museum of History
referencedIn Eberstadt Collection AR 76-62., 1699-1959 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
creatorOf Travis, William Barret, 1809-1836. Petition to represent heirs of Eli Holly : San Felipe, Tex., 1833 Sep 11. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Gray family papers MC033. 47248938., 1826-1864 Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library,
referencedIn Curtis, Albert, b. 1897. Albert Curtis papers, 1729-1967. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
referencedIn Shiller, John. Shiller, John, Papers, 1807-1951 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Mixon, Ruby, 1894-1974. Papers, ca. 1930-1970. University of Texas at Arlington, Central Library
creatorOf William Barret Travis Papers, 1831-1924 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
creatorOf Travis, William Barret, 1809-1836. Houston Endowment Texana collection, 1805-1836, (bulk 1839-1848). San Jacinto Museum of History
creatorOf Travis, William Barret, 1809-1836. Petition to represent heirs of Eli Holly : San Felipe, Tex., 1833 Sep 11. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn James L. Britton collection MC010. 46636450., 1817-1889, (Bulk: 1829-1855) Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library,
referencedIn Hunter, Robert Hancock. Hunter, Robert Hancock Diary, 1813-1892 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Thomas W. Streeter collection of Texas manuscripts, 1787-1864 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Eugene Campbell Barker Papers, 1785 (1812-1959) Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn American historical documents : facsimiles, 1780-1865 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Shiller, John, Papers, 1807-1951 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Smith, Henry. Smith, Henry Papers, 1834-1879 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Thomson family of Texas papers MS 288., 1832-1898 Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX
referencedIn Caldwell, Frank, Papers 67-84; 73-162; 97-345; 99-112., 1778-1941 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
creatorOf Travis, William Barret, 1809-1836. Letter to the people of Texas, 1836, Feb. 24. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Curtis, Albert, b. 1897. Albert Curtis papers, 1729-1967. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
referencedIn Hunter, Robert Hancock Diary 71-068., 1813-1892 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Albert Curtis Papers Col 1275., 1729-1967 Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas
referencedIn Streeter, Thomas W(Thomas Winthrop), 1883-1965,. Thomas W. Streeter collection of Texas manuscripts, 1787-1864. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Documents collection, 1519-1979. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
referencedIn Kuykendall family. Kuykendall family papers. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn American historical documents : facsimiles, 1780-1865. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn W. G. Sharp Collection 67-6., 1817-1923 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
creatorOf Travis, William Barret, 1809-1836. Message of William Barret Travis, 1836 February 24. Library of Congress
referencedIn Sharp, W. G. W. G. Sharp Collection, 1817-1923 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn José Enrique de la Peña Collection, 1835-1840, 1857 Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
referencedIn Houston Endowment Texana collection MC042. 48149722., 1805-1936, (Bulk: 1839-1848) Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library,
referencedIn Smith, Henry Papers 2001-173., 1834-1879 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Bonham-Butler-Travis collection, 1915-1989. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
creatorOf Travis, William Barrett, 1809-1836. William Barrett Travis's letter to the people of Texas written while he was at the Alamo, February 24, 1830. Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library, Sul Ross State University Library
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associatedWith Barker, Eugene Campbell, 1874-1956 person
associatedWith Britton, James L., person
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associatedWith Caldwell, Frank. person
associatedWith Curtis, Albert, 1897-1969 person
associatedWith Curtis, Albert, b. 1897. person
associatedWith Eberstadt, Edward, 1883-1958 person
associatedWith Emerson, Edwin person
associatedWith Gray family family
associatedWith Holly, Eli. person
associatedWith Houston Endowment Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Hunter, Robert Hancock person
associatedWith Kuykendall family. family
associatedWith Lesassier, Luke. person
associatedWith Mixon, Ruby, 1894-1974. person
associatedWith Peña, José Enrique de la person
associatedWith Santa Anna, Antonio López de, 1794?-1876. person
associatedWith Sharp, W. G. person
associatedWith Sharp, W. G. person
associatedWith Shiller, John person
associatedWith Shiller, John person
associatedWith Smith, Henry person
associatedWith Smith, Henry person
associatedWith Streeter, Thomas W(Thomas Winthrop), 1883-1965, person
associatedWith Texas. Adjutant General's Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith Thomson family family
Place Name Admin Code Country
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.)
Texas
Texas--San Felipe
San Felipe (Tex.)
San Felipe (Tex.)
Texas--San Felipe
Texas
Subject
Slavery
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.)--Siege, 1836
Occupation
Lawyers--19th century.--Texas--San Felipe
Lawyers
Army officers
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Person

Birth 1809-08-09

Death 1836-03-06

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