The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 314
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314 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
the front and fought and fallen in the Alamo a few days before the
time when Gonzales, being deprived of so many of her protectors,
was also wantonly sacrificed to the flames. The memory of those
heroes of the Alamo should ever be cherished by our people. I
record here the names of some of those who went from Gonzales:
Capt. Albert Martin, George W. Cottle, Almerion Dickinson, Wil-
liam Dearduff, James George, John E. Garvin, Thomas Jackson,
George C. Kimble, Andrew Kent, William King, Jacob C. Darst,
William Fishbaugh, Thomas R. Miller, Jesse McCoy, Isaac Milsap,
Isaac Baker, John E. Gaston, Robert White, Galby Fuqua, Amos
Pollard, John Cane, Dolfin Floyd, Charles Despalier, Claib.
Wright, George Tumlinson, Johnnie Kellogg. I became ac-
quainted with the survivors of some of the families of these men
after their return to the Guadaloupe.
The colonists of DeWitt's settlement had in 1831 been furnished
for their defense against the Indians a brass six-pounder which
was kept at Gonzales. From rumors that had been heard, the ap-
prehensions of the settlers were excited; and, when in the latter
part of September 1835 Colonel Ugartechea commanding the Mex-
ican forces at San Antonio sent a small troop of cavalry with an
order for the delivery of the piece, it was resolved by the inhab-
itants not to give up the gun. The order was directed to Andrew
Ponton, the alcalde, and Wiley Martin the political chief at Gon-
zales, and was brought by Lieutenant Castafieda, who had ten men
and an ox cart to carry away the unmounted cannon. In order to
gain time the citizens delayed the Mexicans with evasive answers
two or three days, in the meantime sending Matthew Caldwell to
the Colorado and Washington for re-inforcements. They also se-
creted the ferry-boat in the slough branch in the timber bottom
above town, and the first day mustered eighteen men whose names
are as follows: Capt. Albert Martin, Jacob C. Darst, Winslow
Turner, W. W. Arrington, Graves Fulchear, George W. Davis, John
Sowell, James Hinds, Thomas Miller, Valentine Bennet, Ezekiel
Williams, Simeon Bateman, J. D. Clements, Almerion Dickinson,
Benjamin Fuqua, Thomas Jackson, Charles Mason, Almon Cottle.
Afterwards when I became acquainted with some of the sur-
vivors of this little band of eighteen and heard their narrative of
this part of the history, I noticed with what honest pride they
referred to it, and the gratification of being able to say, "I was
one of the 'Old Eighteen' defenders of Gonzales."
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