Heritage, Winter 2004 Page: 32
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"IN THIS WE HAVE NO FEAR...
Dear Father. I have the satisfaction of beholding one of the finest
Countries in the world and have fully determined to locate myself in
Texas...I saw Genl Houston...he advised me to get a Horse and proceed
to Goliad. .. but it is most probable I will go on to San Antonio de
Bexar and there remain... until an occasion may require my services.
For David P. Cummings, a young volunteer soldier and surveyor
from Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, that occasion arose in a
matter of weeks. A month after writing his father from Gonzales,
Cummings was fighting for his life and "the country for us all" at
the siege of the Alamo.
Texas Court of Claims file 1936, in the archives of the Texas
General Land Office, contains transcriptions of two letters written
by Alamo defender David P. Cummings to his father David
Cummings in Pennsylvania. The transcribed copies were made
on January 11, 1854, from the original letters on file in the
Adjutant General's Office, which was destroyed by fire on
October 10, 1855.
The second letter Cummings wrote, dated February 14, 1836,
GONZALES,TEXAS. JANUARY 20, 1836
from San Antonio de Bexar, was written nine days before the
arrival of Antonio L6pez de Santa Anna's army and the beginning
of the siege of the Alamo. It reflects a determined man, confident
of the outcome of the battle and his future in Texas:
...a heavy attack is expected from Santa Anna himself in the Spring
as no doubt the despot will use every possible means and strain every
nerve to conquer and exterminate us from the land - in this we have no
fear ... we want men of determined spirits, that can undergo hardships
and deprivation.... I am to leave...to return to the Cibilo Creek in company
with 10 others to take up our lands we get as citizens...to speak
sincearly this would be the Country for us all, nothing could induce me
from my determination of settling here...
I should like you could once see it - a visit by Jonathon would
improve his health. I have been very healthy since I have been here and
D P Cummings
HERITA GE WINTER 2004
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