The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 70
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70 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
false; for, in the Telegraph and Texas Register of March 28, 1837,
there is a detailed description of the funeral, to which, of course,
his simple statement, made after a lapse of exactly fifty-two years,
must give first place. The account in the Telegraph is as fol-
"In conformity with an order from the general commanding the
army at headquarters, Col. Seguin, with his command stationed at
Bexar, paid the honors of war to the remains of the heroes of the
Alamo; the ashes were found in three places, the two smallest
heaps were carefully collected, placed in a coffin neatly covered
with black, and having the names of Travis, Bowie and Crockett
engraved on the inside of the lid, and carried to Bexar, and placed
in the parish church, where the Texian flag, a rifle and sword were
laid upon it for the purpose of being accompanied by the proces-
sion, which was formed at 3 o'clock on the 25th of February; the
honors to be paid were announced in orders of the evening pre-
vious, and by the tolling knell from day-break to the hour of inter-
ment; at 4 o'clock the procession moved from the church in Bexar
in the following order:
"Field officers; staff officers; civil authorities; clergy; military
not attached to the corps, and others; pall bearers; coffin; pall
bearers; mourners and relatives; music; battalion; citizens.
"The procession then passed through the principal street of the
city; crossed the river; passed through the principal avenue on the
other side; and halted at the place where the first ashes had been
gathered. The coffin was then placed upon the spot, and three
volleys of musketry were discharged by one of the companies; the
procession then moved to the second spot, whence part of the ashes
in the coffin had been taken, where the same honors were paid; the
procession then proceeded to the principal spot and place of inter-
ment, where the graves had been prepared; the coffin had been
placed upon the principal heap of ashes, when Col. Seguin deliv-
ered a short address in Spanish, followed by Major Western in
English, and the ashes were buried. * * *."
From this description, could not some one well acquainted with
San Antonio locate, at least approximately, the place of the burial?
This extract from the Telegraph has been printed before, being
quoted by a writer from HI-ouston, Texas, who signed himself C. H.
C., in the Magazine of American History, II, 309-11.
EUGENE C. BARKER.
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