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.
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