The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 7
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The Escape qf Rose from the Alamo.
have suffered before leaving the Alamo, his memory must have been
blunted. On other subjects, it may have been blunted; but, as to
the substance of Travis's speech, which he afterwards repeated in
his manner, the excitement only sharpened his memory. That
speech was a sudden revelation to him, and every idea expressed
thereby sank deep into his soul and stamped its impression there.
With the explanations already given, it does seem to me that,
without further comment, every item in Rose's narrative ought to
be accepted as quite reasonable and credible; but, as some persons
seem determined to discredit it, and I know not what points may
yet be assailed, I prefer to subject it to a severe sifting.
Rose was in the Alamo a short time before it fell. While the
mass of his contemporaries lived, this was acknowledged even by
those who affected to discredit the rest of his statement, and none
but two unnamed tramps are known to have asserted otherwise.
In evidence of this fact, and of the consequent inference that he
was one of the men who perished in that fort, his name was on the
first partial list of those heroes, including only seventeen, which
was published soon after the fall of the Alamo, in the Telegraph
and Texas Register, at San Felipe. It was also on the more
extensive list in Richardson's Texas Almanac for 1860, on page 82;
and it has been further recognized by the inscription of his name
on two Alamo monuments, one of which yet stands; that is, the
one in the porch of the old capitol at Austin, which was destroyed
by fire in 1881, and the present one in front of the new capitol.
In the three lists first mentioned, the Christian name is omitted.
The two printed lists named him as "---- Rose, Texas," that is,
of Texas; and on the destroyed monumeut it was simply "
Rose." Yet, no one who knew the author of the narrative under
consideration doubted that he was the man referred to, and I am
sure that he was the only Rose in the Alamo. On the new monu-
ment now standing, the name is inscribed "Rose, J. M.," for J. M.
Rose. It is on the fourth pillar, the first name after that of David
Crockett.' I understood his name to be Moses Rose; but by whom
or why the "J" is now prefixed is unknown to me. I know that
he was generally understood to be in the Alamo when last heard
of before its fall. However, he was not one of the heroes who died
'See Scarff's A Comprehensive History of Texas, Vol. I, p. 710.
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