Asa Walker, Alamo defender, was born in Tennessee in 1813. He took part in the Siege of Béxar. He was either wounded in the battle or fell sick afterward. Col. James C. Neill’s return of his men lists Walker as “in hospital.” Walker served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Capt. Robert White’s infantry company, the Béxar Guards. Walker died in the Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. He was a cousin of fellow Alamo defender Jacob Walker.
Greenbury (Greenberry) Logan, free black soldier in the Texas Revolution, was born a slave in Kentucky in 1799 and emancipated by his white father, David Logan. In June 1832 he took part in the battle of Velasco. Logan joined the Texas army on October 7, 1835, and fought in James W. Fannin, Jr.’s company in the battle of Concepción. He was a member of Capt. John York’s company when he volunteered to join Benjamin R. Milam for the Siege of Béxar. Logan was the third man to fall; a wound in his right arm crippled him for life.
Henry Courtman, Alamo defender, was born in Germany in 1808. He traveled to Texas from New Orleans as a member of Capt. Thomas Breece’s company of New Orleans Greys and took part in the Siege of Béxar. Courtman remained in Béxar and died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. His brother, George F. Courtman, was killed in the Goliad Massacre.
William D. Howell, Alamo defender, was born in Massachusetts in 1797. He was a doctor and lived in New York before traveling to Texas by way of New Orleans in 1835 as a member of Capt. Thomas H. Breece’s company of New Orleans Greys. He took part in the Siege of Béxar and later served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Capt. William Blazeby’s infantry company. Howell died in the Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
Blas María Herrera, courier, soldier, and scout, often called the “Paul Revere” of the Texas Revolution, was born on February 2, 1802, in San Antonio de Béxar. He spent his first years in the Ruiz home on the southwest corner of Military Plaza in San Antonio. He is listed as a sergeant on an 1820 roster of local militia. During the Siege of Bexar in late 1835, Herrera served under the command of Capt. Juan Nepomuceno Seguín and was a member of the assaulting force on December 5–9, 1835. Early in 1836 Seguín sent him to Laredo to keep surveillance on Mexican troop movements and to report any advance on San Antonio. About the middle of February, Herrera brought the information that Mexican general Antonio López de Santa Anna’s troops were approaching the city. Herrera’s next assignment was to escort and protect José Antonio Navarro and José Francisco Ruiz during their trip to Washington-on-the-Brazos, where they signed the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. He died on July 9, 1878.