William H. Smith, Alamo defender and resident of Nacogdoches, was born in 1811. He served in the revolutionary army for six months before the siege of the Alamo. He took part in the Siege of Béxar and served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Capt. William R. Carey’s artillery company. Smith died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
Archelaus Dodson was born 1807 in North Carolina. When the local committee of vigilance and safety learned of Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cos’s planned invasion of Texas and sent out a call to arms on September 19, 1835, Dodson joined other Harrisburg volunteers in forming a company under Capt. Andrew Robinson. Dodson was elected first lieutenant. His wife, Sarah Bradley Dodson, designed and, with help of other Harrisburg women, made the first tricolor Lone Star flag of Texas. When the company of Andrew Robinson, Jr., was mustered into the revolutionary army in 1835, she presented it to the members. The Robinson company participated in the Siege of Bexar. Dodson was among those detailed to ensure the safety of women and children beyond the Brazos River in the Runaway Scrape.
William Blazeby, defender of the Alamo, was born 1795 in England. He traveled to Texas from New York by way of New Orleans as a second lieutenant in Capt. Thomas H. Breece’s company of New Orleans Greys. Blazeby took part in the Siege of Béxar and remained in San Antonio de Béxar afterward as captain and commander of the Greys under Lt. Col. James C. Neill. Blazeby died in the Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
Miles DeForest Andross, Alamo defender, was born 1809 in Vermont. He took part in the Siege of Béxar, became ill afterwards, and remained in Béxar as part of Lt. Col. James Clinton Neill’s command. Andross served in the Alamo garrison as part of Capt. William Blazeby’s infantry company. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
Dr. Albert Moses (Moses A.) Levy was born 1880 in the Netherlands. Albert Levy joined the New Orleans Greys and left for Texas. Within two months he was appointed surgeon in chief of the volunteer army of Texas. His army career lasted from October 22, 1835, to February 10, 1836, and included service in the Siege of Béxar, where he was wounded. After leaving the army he joined the Texas Navy and served briefly on the Brutus. David G. Burnet, president of the Republic of Texas, signed Levy’s papers appointing him a surgeon in the navy in March 1836. On April 17, 1837, Levy’s ship, the Independence, was captured by two Mexican brigs-of-war. After three months he escaped and walked back to Texas, where he set up medical practice in Matagorda. The next year he received an appointment to a medical board established by both houses of the Congress of the republic. The state of Texas honored him with a historical marker in Matagorda, and the city of Houston declared April 30, 1986, Albert Moses Levy Memorial Day, in honor of Jews who participated in the fight for Texas independence.