The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967

rhe Second little for thc Alamo
L. ROBERT ABLES
ALMOST ANYONE IN TEXAS CAN AND WILL TALK ABOUT THE
Celebrated first battle for the Alamo in 1836. Not so
many can, and still fewer will, talk about a second conflict
which lasted longer, involved more Texans, and in many respects
was as fierce and admirable as the heroic stand of Travis and his
men against Santa Anna.
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT), comparable
in purpose to the Daughters of the American Revolution and
the United Daughters of the Confederacy, formed the cell which
divided against itself and created two opposing factions. The
contagion spread, and many Texans aligned themselves in the
early 19oo's with one group or the other-or against both-while
the contending parties of the daughters battled for custody of the
Alamo, for control of the state organization of the DRT, and
for favorable public opinion.
Founded in 1891, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas
organized the Sidney Sherman chapter of Galveston and the San
Jacinto chapter of Houston. The first state meeting was at Lam-
pasas in April, 1892.' Rapidly gaining membership, the society
established other branches, including the William B. Travis
chapter at Austin, and in 1893 the De Zavala chapter at San
Antonio.2
Protagonists in the oncoming struggle among DRT factions
were Adina De Zavala, leader of the San Antonio women,
and Clara Driscoll of Corpus Christi. Miss De Zavala, born in
1Constitution and By-Laws of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (Houston,
1892), 11.
2Proceedings of the Second Annual Meeting of the Daughters of the Republic of
Texas (Houston, 1893), 8. The minutes of the annual meetings for 1893 through
190o3 are hereafter cited as DRT Proceedings; those for subsequent meetings are
hereafter cited as DRT Report. See also "Descendants of the Heroes and Pioneers
of Texas," Interstate Index [title varies], XIII (November-December, 1919), 5;
and Walter P. Webb and H. Bailey Carroll (eds.), Handbook of Texas (2 vols.;
Austin, 1952), II, 741-742-

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