Blaz Philipe Despallier was born 1809 in Texas and, along with his brothers, was involved in the Texas Revolution. He lived in Natchitoches, Louisiana and published a newspaper called the Frontier Reporter and Natchitoches & Claiborne Advertiser. He left Natchitoches and arrived in San Antonio de Béxar on November 26, 1835, the day of the Grass Fight. He participated in the Siege of Béxar and was listed as a soldier on the muster roll of John York’s men led by Capt. Thomas H. Breece, but he was called captain or was addressed in that way, according to some who fought with him. After the fall of Béxar, Blaz became a scout for William B. Travis but fell ill, was honorably discharged, and returned home to Rapides Parish.
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