The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934

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SOUTHWESTERN HISTORICAL
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VoL. XXXVII APRIL, 1934 No. 4
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A CRITICAL STUDY OF THE SIEGE OF THE ALAMO
AND OF THE PERSONNEL OF ITS DEFENDERS
AMELIA WILLIAMS
CHAPTER V
ANNOTATED AND DOCUMENTED ROLLS OF THE ALAMO VICTIMS
Before presenting the rolls that will be listed and discussed
in this chapter it seems necesary to explain, in a general way,
the method used in their compilation and to describe the sources
from which I have worked. In compiling the list of the Alamo
victims I first made a collection of all the lists that former stu-
dents of the Alamo episode had made of men who were supposed
to have fallen at the fortress on March 6, 1836. Such lists are
numerous.' Some of them are more or less contemporaneous
1The following lists have been useful as data for check and comparison:
(1) In the Telegraph and Texas Register, March 24, 1836; this roll was
made *hile the horror of the massacre was still fresh in the minds of the
people of Texas. Probably the editors of the Telegraph, used whatever
official information there was available, but the government and the army
of Texas at that time were so disorganized that it is practically certain
that no complete official returns had been made to the government by the
commanders at the Alamo. In fact, the editor states that the list was
compiled under the supervision of John W. Smith and Gerald Navan, and
although they "had all worked desperately hard for three weeks to get a
correct roll of those brave men, the paper had to go to press with a list
of only 112 names," and fear was expressed that there were errors in even
that incomplete roll. And there are errors in this roll, errors that have
been perpetuated by all subsequent roll makers; on the whole, however, it
has served as a very valuable and reliable preliminary list. I may say

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