William T. Malone
WILLIAM T. MALONE'
G. A. MCCALL
The siege of the Alamo, its heroic defense, and the massacre of
its valiant defenders are among the most notable events of Texas
history. The incidents of the siege continue to arouse the most
intense interest among all lovers of great deeds and heroic achieve-
ments. That "Thermopylae had its messenger of defeat but the
Alamo had none" has become the pride not only of Texans, but of
the whole English race as well. That these men, one hundred and
eighty in number, should place themselves in the path of Santa
Anna's army to stay his advance until an opposing force could be
collected shows them to have been quite as devoted to their country
and its preservation as were Ieonidas and his Spartan band in the
brave days of old. Any particulars concerning the life and death
of any of the garrison of the Alamo will be of interest to all.
In 1835 there lived near Athens, Georgia, a planter by the name
of Thomas Malone. His family was originally from Virginia.
He had accumulated at this time quite a considerable fortune and
was the father of several children. The oldest of these children,
a young man with dark hair and complexion, was about eighteen
years old, and was named William T. Malone. William was in-
clined to be wild and wayward but his father was a man of strict
habits, looking upon dissipation with no lenient eye. One night
the boy got too much in his cups with some of his convivial com-
panions, and being ashamed to face his father after the spree, he
fled from home, going to New Orleans, Louisiana. His father,
anxious to save him hastened to New Orleans, trying to overtake
him and to beg him to return to his sorrowing mother and family.
When he reached the city his son had already gone, having taken
passage on a boat for Texas. The father returned to the sorrow-
'The facts of this sketch are obtained from the record of the case of
Malone et al. v. Moran et al., number 3644, on file in the district court
of Parker county, Texas. The suit was filed November 4, 1899, and
judgment was rendered April 13, 1901. Information is drawn chiefly
from depositions of Mrs. Frank Malone, who then resided near Memphis,
Tennessee, Ben F. Highsmith, who then lived in Uvalde county, Texas,
and Professor F. P. Madden, who lived in Waco, Texas. All are now dead.
Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101054/. Accessed April 19, 2014.