A Nacogdoches Resolution on the Storming
of the Alamo
Edited by JOHN TOWER*
R ECEIVING WHAT MAY BE AN ORIGINAL "ALAMO DOCUMENT," PENNED
in 1836, is not a common occurrence for a United States Senator.
It is an occasion I shall long remember.
Senator J. Glenn Beall, of Maryland, alerted me to the fact that a
constituent of his, Mrs. John Hubble of Baltimore, had in her possession
what seemed to be the minutes of a meeting of the citizens of Nacogdoches
held on March 26, 1836, concerning the Battle of the Alamo. Senator Beall
further advised me that Mrs. Hubble wished to present the document to
the State of Texas. I, of course, was not only gratified that Texas was to
be given such a document but intrigued as to how it happened into Mrs.
When Mrs. Hubble was in Washington to formally present the docu-
ment, she explained how she had discovered it. She had purchased a house
in Baltimore, complete with all its contents, which had belonged to a career
Army officer, now deceased. In an old trunk left in the attic she found a
document which appeared to be the formal record of the reaction of the
citizens of Nacogdoches to the famous Texas battle. The only substantiation
Mrs. Hubble was able to gather concerning the possible history of the docu-
ment was the information that the former owner of the house had been
stationed in Texas. Presumably he acquired the document at that time.
Mrs. Hubble and I both felt that the first priority was to have the docu-
ment authenticated. Consequently, I sent it to Joe B. Frantz, director of
the Texas State Historical Association. Frantz informed me that the docu-
ment appears authentic and that it has been forwarded to Dorman H.
Winfrey, director of the Texas State Library, for deposit in the Archives
of that official repository.
It is difficult to adequately express my feelings as I read this document.
Somehow, to read directly the thoughts and feelings of men who were
living in Texas in 1836 animates the historical facts of Texas's beginnings.
*John Tower is a United States senator from Texas.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 78, July 1974 - April, 1975. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117149/. Accessed July 26, 2014.