The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 61, July 1957 - April, 1958 Page: 522
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THOMAS L. MILLER
THE horrible massacre of Colonel James W. Fannin and
his men at Goliad on March 27, 1836, by order of Gen-
eral Antonio L6pez de Santa Anna is well known to
students of history. Not known to this day, however, is the exact
number of the men who perished that day nor the number of
those who escaped. In the same year of the massacre, a Texas
newspaper, the Telegraph and Texas Register, published an in-
complete list of the men of Fannin's command who were killed,
escaped, or absent on that Sunday in March, 1836. This same list
was copied and published in the Texas Almanac of 186o.
The most thorough study of Fannin's men was made by Judge
Harbert Davenport. The result of his study, "The Men of Goliad,"
was published in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, XLIII,
July, 1939. At the conclusion of the article, in the bibliographic
notes, Judge Davenport wrote: "The necessarily slow and tedious
examination of the Headright, Bounty, and Donation Files, with-
out which no roll of Fannin's men could be made even approxi-
mately correct, was done by Honorable L. W. Kemp, who kindly
supplied the writer with abstracts of those files relating to Fan-
This writer has just concluded a study of military land grants
in Texas in which the Bounty and Donation Files of the General
Land Office of Texas were examined. While the purpose of this
study was not to compile rolls for the battles of the Texas Revolu-
tion, information on the military service and battle engagements
of those who received military land grants was obtained. With the
information thus obtained a new list of Fannin's men was com-
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