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.
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