Alexandro de la Garza, Alamo defender and courier, was born in Texas. He was one of the company of native Texans who enlisted for six months’ service under Juan N. Seguín in the Texas Revolution. Garza took part in the Siege of Bexar and later served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Captain Seguín’s cavalry company. Later in life Seguin stated that Garza was sent from the Alamo as a courier.
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Squire Daymon, Alamo defender, was born in Tennessee in 1808. He was a resident of Gonzales, Texas, in 1836. After taking part in the Siege of Bexar, he served in the Bexar garrison as a member of Capt. William R. Carey’s artillery company. Sometime after February 2, 1836, Daymon may have left Bexar for his home and then returned to the Alamo, possibly with the relief force from Gonzales on March 1, 1836. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
George Washington Smith, was born about 1796 in Tennessee. Reports and family tradition stated that he was with his neighbor Benjamin R. Milam at the Siege of Bexar on December 7, 1835, and that the fatally wounded Milam died in Smith’s arms. He served with Sam Houston for the fight at San Jacinto. As one of Capt. John G. W. Pierson’s men in 1842, Smith was captured with others of the Mier expedition, but he escaped at the Rio Grande and returned home. After annexation he again left home, this time to join the First Regiment, Texas Mounted Riflemen, for the campaign to Mexico City in 1847. Smith served as a sergeant with Capt. Preston Witt in Company K. He died at his home in Collin County about 1876. A Texas historical marker placed in the Blue Ridge Cemetery in 1979 marks the place of his original burial, though his remains were moved to nearby Grounds Graveyard.
William Charles M. Baker, Alamo defender, was born in Missouri. He came to Texas as a volunteer from Mississippi during the Texas Revolution and joined Capt. Thomas F. L. Parrott’s company at Béxar on November 26, 1835, and took part in the Siege of Bexar. During the subsequent reorganization of the Texan forces he became part of Capt. John Chenoweth’s company. Baker left Béxar but returned with the rank of captain as commander of the volunteers accompanying James Bowie on January 19, 1836. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
Lewis Johnson, Alamo defender, was born around 1813 in Virginia. On September 24, 1835, Lewis, from the Trinity jurisdiction, entered service as a volunteer in Capt. Robert M. Coleman’s First Company of the revolutionary army. He and his brother Frank participated in the Siege of Bexar, after which his brother was honorably discharged and returned to his family in the Nacogdoches Municipality. Lewis remained at Bexar under the command of Gen. Edward Burleson. On December 14, 1835, he volunteered to garrison Bexar under the command of Lt. Col. James C. Neill. In February 1836 he was one of those at the Alamo who participated in the election ordered by the General Consultation for members of the coming convention. On March 6, 1836, Lewis was killed at the battle of the Alamo.