Byrd Lockhart was born 1782 in Virginia. He served as chairman of a meeting denouncing the Fredonian Rebellion and pledging support for the Mexican government. In April he was put in charge of a row of blockhouses in Gonzales that served as protection against Indians. Later in 1827 he opened a road from Béxar through Gonzales and along the right bank of the Lavaca River to Matagorda Bay. At the outbreak of the Texas Revolution Lockhart was requested by James W. Fannin, Jr., to act as a scout below San Antonio de Béxar. At this time he was serving with Stephen F. Austin, but he became separated from Austin’s command near the Medina River on November 12, 1835. During the Siege of Béxar, Lockhart served as a private, along with his son, Byrd, Jr., in Capt. John York’s company. On January 17, 1836, James C. Neill, John W. Smith, José Francisco Ruiz, and Lockhart were appointed commissioners by James W. Robinson to treat with the Comanche Indians, who were threatening Béxar. On February 4 Lockhart was named with Mathew Caldwell and William A. Mathews to raise volunteers in Gonzales and Milam for the ranging company. On February 23 he mustered into service the Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers. He returned to Béxar and the Alamo. It is possible that he rode with the Gonzales Ranging Company, which arrived on March 1. He and Andrew Jackson Sowell were sent from the Alamo a short time before the battle to obtain supplies for the garrison, which saved them from being caught in the massacre when the Alamo fell. Lockhart later served the Texan army as the captain of a spy company. He died in 1839, and the town of Lockhart is named in his honor.
Dr. Amos Pollard, chief surgeon of the Alamo garrison, was born 1803 in Massachusetts. In 1834 Pollard traveled to Texas by way of New Orleans. He took part in the fight for the Gonzales “come and take it” cannon, the opening skirmish of the Texas Revolution, on October 2, 1835. He later marched on San Antonio de Béxar as a private in Capt. John York’s volunteer company. On October 23, 1835, he was appointed surgeon of the regiment by Stephen F. Austin. After the Siege of Béxar Pollard remained in the town as chief surgeon of the Texan garrison, on the staff of Lt. Col. James C. Neill. He cared for the sick and wounded of the garrison and also set up a hospital within the Alamo. On February 23, 1836, Antonio López de Santa Anna’s Mexican army besieged the Alamo. A portrait of him was done sometime before he moved to Texas. Besides Travis, Bowie, and Crockett, he is the only Alamo defender of whom a portrait was done from life. A copy of the portrait is on display in the Alamo. Pollard died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836, probably defending the Alamo hospital.
James Waters Robertson was born 1812 in Tennessee. He took part in the Siege of Béxar, and later served in the Alamo garrison. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
William T. Malone was born 1817. He took part in the Siege of Béxar as a member of Capt. Thomas F. L. Parrott’s artillery company. He later served in the Alamo garrison in Capt. William R. Carey’s artillery company. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
James R. Dimpkins was born in England and marched to Texas from New Orleans as a member of 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 a sergeant in Capt. William Blazeby’s infantry company. Dimpkins died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.