DAVID CROCKETT was a noted hunter and scout, and also one of the earliest of American humorists. He was born
August 17, 1786, in Tennessee, and was one of the most prominent men of his locality, serving as representative
in congress from 1827 until 1831. He attracted considerable notice while a member of congress and was closely associated
with General Jackson, of whom he was a personal friend. He svent to Texas and enlisted in the Texan army at the
time of the revolt of Texas against Mexico and gained a wide reputation as a scout. He was one of the famous one
hundred and forty men under Colonel W. B. Travis who were besieged in Fort Alamo, near San Antonio, Texas, by General
Santa Anna with some five thousand Mexicans on Febrnary 23, 1836. The fort was defended for ten days, frequent
assaults being repelled with great slaughter, over one thousand Mexicans being killed or wounded, while not a man
in the fort was injured. Finally, on March 6, three assaults were made, and in the hand-to-hand fight that followed
the last, the Texans were wofully outnumbered and overpowered. They fought desperately with clubbed muskets till
only six were left alive, including W. B. Travis, David Crockett and James Bowie. These surrendered under promise
of protection; but when they were brought before Santa Anna he ordered them all to be cut to pieces.
A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
New York and Chicago 1903.
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