Lewis Dewall, Alamo defender, was born 1812 in New York. Dewall took part in the Siege of Béxar and later served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Capt. Robert White’s infantry company, the Béxar Guards. Dewall died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
Louis (Moses) Rose, a soldier of fortune who escaped from the Alamo and contributed to its legends, was born 1785 in France. He joined Napoleon’s 101st Regiment in 1806 and eventually became a lieutenant. In 1814 he was named to the French Legion of Honor for his role as aide-de-camp to Gen. Jacques de Monfort. He served in campaigns in Naples, Portugal, and Spain as well as in the invasion of Russia. He settled in Nacogdoches, Texas, about 1827. He joined the Fredonian Rebellion in 1826 and took part in the battle of Nacogdoches in 1832. Rose was a friend of James Bowie and accompanied or followed him to the Alamo in the fall of 1835. He fought in the Siege of Béxar that year. Rose served the cause of Texas independence a fourth time during the siege of the Alamo. He fought for ten days, up to three days before the fall of the fort, and then escaped. He is the source of the story about William B. Travis’s drawing a line in the dirt with his sword. Rose got the nickname Moses because of his age at the time, fifty-one. When asked, “Moses, why didn’t you stay there in the Alamo with the others?” he invariably replied, “By God, I wasn’t ready to die.”
Jacob Harmon Garner was born 1814 in Louisiana. In October 1835 Jacob volunteered to fight in the Texas Revolution, and on November 16 of that year he arrived as a lieutenant at the camp above Béxar with his brother David, now a captain. On November 26 he fought in the Grass Fight under Edward Burleson. In early December he was active in the Siege of Béxar under Col. Benjamin R. Milam. About March 4, 1836, Garner joined Capt. William Milspaugh’s company. By April 21, 1836, Milspaugh had been succeeded by Captain Patterson. On the day of the battle of San Jacinto Patterson had detailed Garner to serve as a guard in Liberty. He enlisted during the Civil War, on August 3, 1861, for three months in a cavalry company styled the Ben McCulloch Coast Guard; he was elected third lieutenant.
William Hester Patton was born 1808 in Kentucky. He moved to Brazoria County, Texas, in March 1832. As an early advocate of Texas independence, he served as a sergeant in Capt. John Austin’s company at the battle of Velasco in June 1832. He enlisted in the Texas army on September 28, 1835, at the beginning of the revolution; commanded a company at the Siege of Béxar, December 5 through 10, 1835 and was appointed to receive the weapons surrendered by Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cos’s army. On December 21, 1835, Gen. Sam Houston appointed Patton acting assistant quartermaster with the rank of lieutenant and ordered him to Velasco to supply arriving volunteers and forward them to Houston’s army. Patton was still at San Antonio on February 5, however, when he and the other officers of the Alamo garrison signed a memorial requesting that the soldiers under their command be represented at Washington-on-the-Brazos by Samuel A. Maverick and Jesse B. Badgett. On March 13, 1836, Patton was elected captain of the Fourth Company of Col. Sidney Sherman’s Second Regiment, Texas Volunteers, also known as the Columbia Company. Patton was attached to Houston’s staff as an aide-de-camp with the rank of major, and his company was led at the battle of San Jacinto by Lt. David Murphree. After the battle Patton was given custody of Antonio López de Santa Anna and was one of the commissioners selected to escort him to Washington, D.C. On July 14, 1836, Patton was one of eighteen officers who testified against President David G. Burnet on charges of usurpation and treason. In 1837 Houston appointed him quartermaster general of the Army of the Republic of Texas, and his nomination was confirmed on May 22. On August 26, 1837, Patton resigned from the army and settled in Béxar County. An energetic and aggressive Indian fighter, Patton was severely wounded in an Indian fight on Leon Creek near San Antonio on October 28, 1838. He was murdered at his home on the San Antonio River, some thirty miles below the city of San Antonio, by Mexican bandits on June 12, 1842. Patton’s West Columbia sugar plantation was purchased after his death by James Stephen Hogg and is now maintained by the state of Texas as the Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historical Park.
Leonard Goyen Williams was born 1802 in Tennessee. Williams served in the revolutionary army at the Siege of Béxar, where he lost the sight in one eye. He was a sergeant in Benton’s Regiment of Regular Rangers and enrolled on March 31, 1836, for three months extra duty at Williams Crossing on the Neches River. He served with Thomas J. Rusk and William Goyens during the suppression of the Córdova Rebellion. On February 3, 1840, Williams was appointed as a commissioner to inspect the land office in Houston County. He was given the title of colonel by Sam Houston, who in 1842 appointed him one of four commissioners to deal or “treat” with the Indians. He participated in the Tehuacana Creek Councils and was an Indian agent at Torrey’s Trading Post No. 2. During a trade trip as Indian agent for Houston, Williams came across Cynthia Ann Parker, captive of the noted attack on Fort Parker by the Comanche Indians. He was later sent as United States agent to try and ransom her. Although Williams used an X to sign various documents, he was considered an intelligent man with knowledge of seven or eight Indian dialects. He died in April 1854. Williams was recognized for his service to Texas in the United States Congressional Record on April 8, 1965, and by the Texas legislature in May 1965.