The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 326
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stricken household and reported his failure. The exact date when
the young man left his home can not be discovered but it appears
to have been some time in the fall or winter of 1835. After Wil-
liam T. Malone had arrived in Texas he wrote one letter to his
mother which family tradition says she carried on her person until
it was worn out.
In the fall of 1835 San Antonio was besieged and in December
it was captured from the Mexicans by a portion of the Texan army
under the command of Colonel Milam. An incomplete muster roll
on file in the General Land Office shows that on November 23
Malone was a member of Captain T. F. L. Parrott's company of
artillery, but whether he was with Milam in the storming of the
Alamo is uncertain.
On the second day after the beginning of the siege of the
Alamo by the Mexicans Colonel Travis sent Ben F. Highsmith to
La Bahia, a distance of more than ninety miles, to Colonel Fannin,
asking for aid. Highsmith says that when he left San Antonio
there was in the Alamo a young man by the name of Bill Malone,
and his description of the young man's person and estimate of
his age correspond with the description given by the family. They
both speak of the young man's having lost the little finger on
his left hand. Highsmith escaped from San Antonio at night,
and carried the message from Travis to Fannin. Fannin was
unable to send aid to Travis, stating that his command was on
foot and without supplies to undertake the expedition. There-
upon Highsmith returned to San Antonio and from a distance saw
that the Alamo was surrounded. He turned back and sought and
found Houston and his army and later participated in the battle
of San Jacinto. The Alamo, after a desperate defense of two
weeks was stormed and all persons within its walls were slain
except the negro man belonging to Colonel Travis, and Mrs. Dick-
inson and her infant child.
After the war was over, the father of young Malone sent an
agent to Texas to learn the fate of his son. This person saw both
the negro who had belonged to Travis, and Mrs. Dickinson, and
they both said that there was a young man in the Alamo by the
name of Malone, and Mrs. Dickinson said that she saw him die,
fighting bravely to the last.
It appears that land certificates were issued to the heirs of Wil-
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