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Report: Military: Texas Revolution

         Description: A list of our ancestors who served in the Texas Revolution


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# Last Name, Given Name(s) Miscellaneous: Date Miscellaneous: Place Military
1 West, Willis D.      Served in the Texas Revolution through 5 Jan 1836: Muster Rolls of Texas Revolution: Willis West - Private, Seizure of Bexar*, Capt Chessires' Company, Volunteers while in Army before Bexar 1835.

Records at the Texas Comptroller's Office confirm these dates of service. He was honorably discharged on 15 Dec 1836 and given 20 days to return home.

Note/information from Candice C. Allmand: After joining the "Jasper Volunteers" under command of Captain James Chessire, Willis fought at the siege of Bexar December 5-10, 1835. Luckily he had the good sense to take his discharge and go home to Jasper after Bexar. Had he stayed in the Army he probably would have perished with the others at the Alamo.

*The Siege of Bxar (or Bejar) was an early campaign of the Texas Revolution in which a volunteer Texan army successfully defeated Mexican forces at San Antonio de Bxar (now San Antonio, Texas). Texians had become disillusioned with the Mexican government as President Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna's tenure became increasingly dictatorial. In early October, Texas settlers gathered in Gonzales to stop Mexican troops from reclaiming a small cannon. The resulting skirmish, known as the Battle of Gonzales, launched the Texas Revolution. Men continued to assemble in Gonzales and soon established the Texian Army. Despite a lack of military training, well-respected local leader Stephen F. Austin was elected commander. Santa Anna had sent his brother-in-law, General Martin Perfecto de Cos, to Bxar with reinforcements. On October 13, Austin led his forces towards Bxar to confront the Mexican troops. The Texians initiated a siege of the city.