James Gibson Swisher was born 1794 in Tennessee. In the War of 1812 he served as a private in Capt. David Mason’s company of Tennessee militia and in Capt. John Donelson’s company of United States Mounted Rangers. Swisher participated in the two battles of New Orleans. He was elected captain of a military company organized in Washington Municipality at the beginning of the Texas Revolution. His Texas military service began on October 8, 1835 and his company participated in the Siege of Béxar in December 1835. Gen. Edward Burleson appointed Swisher one of the three commissioners to negotiate the surrender of Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cos on December 11, 1835. Swisher remained with the revolutionary army until he was elected one of four delegates from Washington Municipality to the Convention of 1836 on February 1, 1836. At the convention he participated in debates and urged payment of land bounties to reward military service as well as careful examination of all bounty claims. He accompanied his family in the Runaway Scrape and assisted in the evacuation of Washington-on-the-Brazos. Swisher later served in Capt. William W. Hill’s company of rangers on the frontier from July to October 1836. He died in Austin in 1862.
Isaac Ryan was born 1805 in Louisiana. He took part in the Siege of Béxar and served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Capt. Robert White’s infantry company, the Béxar Guards. Ryan died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
Michael Cronican was from Massachusetts. He traveled to Texas as a volunteer in Capt. William G. Cooke’s company of New Orleans Greys in 1835 and fought in the Siege of Béxar, after which he received a furlough as a result of illness and left for New Orleans. His original company was murdered at Goliad during his absence.
William Brenan, soldier and legislator of the Republic of Texas, was born in Ireland. On October 25, 1835, he enlisted as a private in Capt. Samuel O. Pettus’s company of New Orleans Grays. He saw action at the Siege of Béxar and the disastrous battle of Coleto. He survived the infamous Goliad Massacre, however, and was discovered at Goliad by doctors J. H. Barnard and John Shackelford. He thereupon joined Capt. William H. Patton’s company – the so-called Columbia Company – of Col. Sidney Sherman’s Second Regiment, Texas Volunteers, in time to participate in the battle of San Jacinto.
Henry Warnell was born in 1812. In January 1835 he settled in Bastrop, where he lived with and worked for Edward Burleson. Warnell 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. There is some evidence that he escaped from the Alamo during the battle of March 6, 1836, but died in Port Lavaca in June 1836 from wounds received in the battle.