The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 146
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takapas country," induced his family of sons and daughters, mar-
ried and single, to emigrate with him to this new Louisiana region;
and, embarking with all their worldly possessions on flatboats,
they came down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, and through a
bayou, to their future home. Here many vicissitudes of fortune
befell them, and Mary, the wife of Valentine Bennet, died, leaving
him, broken in heart and in home, with two children-a son of
two years and an infant daughter. Realizing the utter impossi-
bility of rearing his children in this wilderness, he took them to
Cincinnati, and fortunately was able to place them in the care of
an excellent Scotch Presbyterian lady whose careful training was
shown in the high moral character of the boy and girl who after-
wards became useful citizens of the Republic and of the State of
Mr. Bennet himself engged in boating on the Mississippi, and
became the owner of a steai.boat plying on the river. This boat
sank, and after many adverse experiences he bade adieu to his chil-
dren and departed for Austin's Colony, in the Province of Texas.
At Brazoria he was building a house when summoned to join the
colonists in their attack on Fort Velasco, June 26, 1831. Here he
was severely wounded in face and hip, and lay for months a help-
less sufferer at the home of a patriot friend. Mr. Bennet thus took
part in the first open and armed defiance of the colonists against
Mexico, and was one of the first to shed his blood for this new
cause of freedom.
We next hear of him at Gonzales as one of the "immortal eight-
een" who, throwing the gauntlet in the face of Ugartechea, re-
sisted his demand for the cannon. The news of the situation at
Gonzales drew many hastily-armed citizens thither, and a volunteer
army of Texas was immediately organized with General Stephen
F. Austin in command. Valentine Bennet, from his early exper-
ience in the War of 1812, was a fine tactician, and, being com-
missioned lieutenant, drilled the troops as they moved to the vicin-
ity of San Antonio. He was with the small force that fought the
battle of Concepci6n, and an active participant in the siege of
Bexar, where he was made quartermaster. His service in that cam-
paign was especially commended in the dispatches of General Ed.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906, periodical, 1906; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101036/m1/150/: accessed May 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.