Darwin Massey Stapp was born 1815 in Kentucky. Stapp joined the Texas army in Jackson County on October 3, 1835, as first lieutenant of John Alley’s company. With this unit he participated in the Siege of Béxar and the Grass Fight. In the summer of 1836 he served in George Sutherland’s company. In 1840 he participated in the battle of Plum Creek. He again enlisted in the Texas army at Texana on March 6, 1842, as a private in Lafayette Ward’s company of Clark L. Owen’s regiment. During the Civil War he was made a brigadier general of the Twenty-fourth Brigade, Texas State Troops, and was charged with the defense of Matagorda Bay and Indianola in late 1861. Stapp died February 28, 1875, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Victoria.
Manuel Flores was born circa 1801 in San Antonio. In the fall of 1835 he became a member of the volunteer company organized by his brother-in-law, Juan N. Seguín. This company was composed of San Antonio-area Mexicans who were sympathetic to the Texas colonists’ stand against Antonio López de Santa Anna, president of Mexico. Flores participated in the expulsion of Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cos at the Siege of Béxar in December 1835. The company disbanded but was reorganized in Gonzales during the first week of March 1836, and Flores became Captain Seguin’s first sergeant. He fought in this capacity at the battle of San Jacinto. In the spring of 1842 he again took up arms in defense of Texas; he was a member of the party that pursued the army of Rafael Vásquez after the brief invasion of San Antonio by the Mexicans. He died on December 3, 1868. He has often been confused with the Mexican emissary Manuel Flores, who was killed at the battle of the San Gabriels.
Manson Shied was born 1811 in Georgia. He took part in the Siege of Béxar and later served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Capt. William R. Carey’s artillery company. Shied died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
Thomas Osborn was born 1812 in Tennessee. His participation in the battles of the Texas revolution began on June 26, 1832, with the battle of Velasco where he served in Capt. Henry Stevenson Brown’s company of eighty men. In October 1835 Osborn was one of 300 volunteers in the Siege of Béxar, and on October 28, 1835, he was with a volunteer detachment of ninety men from Capt. T. F. L. Parrott’s company at the battle of Concepción, where he was badly wounded. In the Goliad campaign of 1836 Osborn and his brother John Lyle Osborn were members of Capt. Albert Clinton Horton’s company in an advance group that was cut off from Col. James W. Fannin’s besieged army. Osborn was not in the battle of San Jacinto, having been detailed to guard Texas families during the Runaway Scrape. Osborn died on May 16, 1883, in Red Rock, Bastrop County, and was buried there.
Valentine Bennet was born 1780 in Massachusetts. He fought in the War of 1812. In 1832 he took a leading part in the battle of Velasco, where he was severely wounded in the face and hip. He moved to Gonzales in 1834 and in 1835 was one of the eighteen men who defied Domingo de Ugartechea’s order in the battle of Gonzales. Bennet was elected lieutenant when the Gonzales militia was organized, and from that time on he was in the thick of the Texas Revolution. He participated in the battle of Concepción in October 1835 and the Siege of Béxar in December. He held the rank of assistant quartermaster and received honorable mention from Gen. Edward Burleson for efficiency in keeping the army well supplied. Later, as quartermaster of the revolutionary army, he was kept busy supplying beef for Sam Houston’s growing forces as the general retreated from Gonzales to the battleground of San Jacinto. After the battle of San Jacinto Bennet remained with the army. In 1841 he was commissioned a major in the quartermaster’s department of the Army of the Republic of Texas and was sent on the Texan Santa Fe expedition. Among the other Santa Fe prisoners he suffered many indignities and cruelties at the hands of his Mexican guards; in August 1842 the prisoners were released, and Bennet returned to Texas. He reentered the Texas army when Gen. Adrián Woll invaded Texas; subsequently, he took part in the Somervell expedition. He died July 24, 1843, and was buried in the old cemetery at Gonzales.