Samuel Blair was born 1807 in Tennessee. He took part in the Siege of Béxar. He later served in the Alamo garrison as assistant to the ordnance chief, Robert Evans, with the rank of captain. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
Pedro Herrera was born 1806 in the Villa de San Fernando. By 1830 he was a private in the Mexican cavalry company of Álamo de Parras under the command of Lt. Col. José Francisco Ruiz. That year the company built and occupied Fort Tenoxtitlán on the banks of the Brazos River. In August 1831 Herrera and his young son were reported missing from the fort and presumed dead. It was commonly believed that Herrera had fallen victim to hostile Indians, when in fact he had deserted. He remained undetected for several years. In December 1835 he aligned himself with the growing Texas forces and participated in the Siege of Béxar. By February 22, 1836, he enlisted as a private in Seguín’s company of Tejanos. He remained with Seguín until July of that year and served under his command at the battle of San Jacinto. Herrera reenlisted on November 5, 1836, into Capt. Manuel Flores’ cavalry company and was discharged on February 20, 1838, having attained the rank of fourth sergeant. Herrera died after 1853.
John Jones was born 1810 in New York. He traveled to Texas by way of New Orleans as a sergeant in Capt. Thomas Breece’s company of New Orleans Greys. He took part in the Siege of Béxar and later served in the Alamo garrison as lieutenant of Capt. William Blazeby’s infantry company. Jones died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
Peter DeMoss was born 1796 in Missouri. He served in the company of George Morse Collinsworth at the capture of Goliad and during the Siege of Béxar.
Thomas H. Breece joined a company of New Orleans Grays in New Orleans and marched with his comrades to San Augustine and Nacogdoches, where the battalion was officially organized. Breece was elected captain. His lieutenants were John J. Baugh and George Washington Main. According to a circular printed in Nacogdoches during the time of their visit, the men of Breece’s company were “mostly athletic mechanics, who have abandoned their homes and lucrative employments for the disinterested purpose of sustaining the righteous cause of freedom. Their very appearance must convince every Texian that they will either ‘do or die'”. Breece and his fifty-four-man company served at the Siege of Bexar, December 5–10, 1835, where they took part in the capture of the Veramendi Palace. Sam Houston ordered him, December 21, 1835, from Washington-on-the-Brazos, to proceed “to whatever point you may deem best for the interest of the service & there recruit as many men as you possibly can”. Breece was then to report to Copano or Matagorda by March 1, 1836.