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March 6, 2014

Alamo siege ended on this day in 1836

By TYLER MASK

The Battle of the Alamo was a 13-day siege beginning on Feb. 23, and ending on this day in 1836, marking one of the biggest events in the fight for Texas independence. Although many know about heroes such as James Bowie, William B. Travis and the infamous David Crockett, there were many others who have gone mostly unnoticed by the common public – one of whom was put to rest in Palo Pinto Cemetery.

According to Texas State Historical Association, George Webb Slaughter, 1811-1895, was born to William and Nancy Slaughter in Lawrence County, Miss. His family moved to Louisiana in 1825 before moving to Sabine, Texas, in 1830. Although Slaughter eventually became a Baptist minister and rancher, he started out working as a courier for Sam Houston. One of his most famous assignments was to deliver letters directly to Travis at the Alamo.

“Furthermore, I was to go on to the Alamo to inform Travis of the movements of the Mexican army and to advise him to evacuate that place and join Houston at once, which Travis after consulting with Col. Bowie refused to do,” Slaughter said in an 1894 interview with a Dallas newspaper. “On my return by Fannin's encampment he again sent Gen. Houston a letter by my hands advising Houston to come into his works. On the next day I again went with a letter from Gen. Houston to both Travis and Fannin, urging Fanin and commanding Travis to join him immediately, as Santa Anna was within a short distance of the Alamo and could bombard that place or starve out the garrison at pleasure. Travis again refused, as did Fannin also.”

Eventually, Houston commissioned Slaughter to go back and check on the Alamo once more. On his way to the ill-fated mission, Slaughter pulled out his spy glass, spotting two people, a black man and a white woman, walking from the Alamo towards him. When he met with the two, it turned out to be a woman named Mrs. Dickinson and her servant, who had been sent with a letter by Santa Anna to inform Houston of the fall of the Alamo. Dickinson told Slaughter what had happened over the 13-day siege, including a traumatic event after the fall.

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