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what is the significance of William B. Travis?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    William Barret Travis (August 9, 1809 – March 6, 1836) was a 19th Century lawyer and soldier. He commanded the Republic of Texas forces at the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution from the Republic of Mexico.

    Travis was born in Saluda County, South Carolina, the oldest of eleven children of Mark and Jemima Travis; records differ as to whether his date of birth was the first or ninth of August, but the Travis family Bible indicates that he was born on the 9th.

    At the age of nine, he moved with his family to the town of Sparta in Conecuh County, Alabama, where he received much of his education. He later enrolled in a school in nearby Claiborne, where he eventually worked as an assistant teacher.

    Travis then became an attorney and, at age 19, married one of his former students, 16-year-old Rosanna Cato (1812-1848) on October 26, 1828. The couple stayed in Claiborne and had a son, Charles Edward, in 1829. Travis began publication of a newspaper that same year, the Claiborne Herald. He became a Mason, joining the Alabama Lodge No.3 - Free and Accepted Masons, and later joined the Alabama militia as adjutant of the Twenty-sixth Regiment, Eighth Brigade, Fourth Division.

    For unknown reasons, Travis fled Alabama in early 1831 to start over in Texas, leaving behind his wife, son, and unborn daughter. Travis and Rosanna were officially divorced by the Marion County courts on 9 January 1836 by Act no. 115. Their son was placed with Travis's friend, David Ayres, so that he would be closer to his father.

    Rosanna married Samuel G. Cloud in Monroeville, Alabama, on February 14, 1836; she subsequently married David Y. Portis in 1843 in Texas (they both died of Yellow Fever in 1848).

    In May 1831, upon his arrival in Mexican Texas, a part of Northern Mexico at the time, Travis purchased land from Stephen F. Austin and started a law practice in Anahuac. He played a role in the growing friction between American settlers and the Mexican government and was one of the leaders of the "War Party," a group of militants opposed to Mexican rule. He was a pivotal figure in the Anahuac Disturbances, which helped to precipitate the war.

    The Texas Revolution started in October 1835 at the Battle of Gonzales. Travis took a small part in the Siege of Bexar in November. On December 29, Travis was commissioned as a lieutenant colonel of the Legion of Cavalry and became the chief recruiting officer for the Texan army. This force was to consist of 384 men and officers, divided into six companies. Despite his rank, Travis now had to actively recruit the men who were to serve under his command, and he had a hard time finding willing colonists to enlist. "Volunteers can no longer be had or relied upon ...," he wrote to acting governor Henry Smith.

    On January 21, 1836, he was ordered by the provisional government to go to the Alamo with volunteers to reinforce the 120-150 men already there. Initially Travis did not want to go to San Antonio: "I must beg your excellency will recall the order for me to go on to Bexar in command of so few men," he wrote to Smith.

    On February 3 Travis arrived in San Antonio with 20-30 reinforcements. Within a short time, he had become the official commander, taking over command of the regular soldiers from Col. James C. Neill, of the Texian army. Neill promised to be back in twenty days. James Bowie (1795-1836) would command the volunteers and Travis would command the regulars.

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  • 1 decade ago

    William Barrett Travis is significant because he was the commander at the Alamo. Before the final seige by Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna's army, Travis offered the defenders a chance to volunterialy leave once it was obvious the expected reinforcements from Gen. Sam Houston would not arrive. No one left (some say one man did, but most historians believe all men voluntered to stay) and faced certain death. And to a man they all died in the ensuing battle.

    Travis made this decision to give Gen. Houston more time to raise an army of suitable size to defeat Santa Anna.

    The Travis county (in Texas of course) is named in his honor.

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  • 1 decade ago

    a 19th Century lawyer and soldier. He commanded the Republic of Texas forces at the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution from the Republic of Mexico.

    born in Saluda County, South Carolina...the Travis family Bible indicates that he was born on the 9th.

    On February 24, 1836, during Santa Anna's siege of the Alamo, Travis wrote a letter addressed "To the People of Texas and All Americans in the World":

    Fellow citizens & compatriots;

    I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna. I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken. I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch. The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country. Victory or Death

    William Barret Travis

    Lt. Col. comdt

    P.S. The Lord is on our side. When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn. We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels & got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves.

    Travis

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_B._Travis

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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  • 4 years ago

    he was important because he helped defend the Alamo at the battle of the Alamo in 1836

  • 1 decade ago

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