The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 84, July 1980 - April, 1981 Page: 312
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Cover: "Deaf Smith," painted by Thomas Jefferson Wright in 1836.
Courtesy San Jacinto Museum of History.
Erastus ("Deaf") Smith was born in New York State in 1787 and settled
in Texas in 1821. Well known as a scout, Smith served actively in that ca-
pacity during the Texas Revolution. He is perhaps best remembered by
Texans for his role at the battle of San Jacinto. Before the fighting there
began, Houston ordered Smith to destroy Vince's Bridge, an action which
would prevent further reinforcements from reaching Santa Anna, and
which would also prevent either the Mexican or Texas army from falling
back to Harrisburg. Following Texas Independence, Smith became the cap-
tain of a ranger company for a period, then retired to Richmond, Texas,
where he died and was buried in 1837.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 84, July 1980 - April, 1981, periodical, 1980/1981; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101225/m1/312/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.