relocation as a planter in Florida, he again became a
representative in the state legislature. After organizing the Texas Land
Company, Green moved to Texas in 1836, where he received a brigadier general
commission to raise volunteers in the U. S. His units arrived at Velasco in time
to blunt the interim government's intended release of Santa Anna for
diplomatic reasons. Green continued to launch demagogic verbal attacks against
the government, Tories, "cowardly" shirkers, absentee rich, and
land speculators. During the era of the Republic, he functioned as a military
disorganizer, adventurer, and government critic, most notably during the Mier
expedition. Lack, Texas Revolutionary Experience, pp. 152-54;
Sam W. Haynes, Soldiers of Misfortune, pp. 28-30.|
27. [p.128] The slave Joe, Mrs. Susannah Dickinson, and her daughter Angelina were the only "Americans" to survive. In addition to the Tejano women and children survivors, mentioned below, there is evidence that Brigidio Guerrero escaped death by convincing the victors that he had been held prisoner by the Texans. There have been suggestions that others survived, but the evidence is either fragmentary or unconvincing. Walter Lord, A Time to Stand, pp. 207-8.
28. [p.129] The doctor was Horace Alsbury. Ten Mexican women and children are known survivors of the battle: Mrs. Juana Alsbury and her baby; Mrs. Alsbury's sister Gertrudis Navarro, Mrs. Gregorio Esparza and her four children; Trinidad Saucedo, and Petra Gonzales. Lord, Time to Stand, p. 208. The account of the slave Joe, as recorded by Gray and others, is a major source for details of the battle.
29. [p.130] Another list contemporary to the one compiled by Gray appeared in the Telegraph and Texas Register, March 24, 1836. This enumeration, which contained 98 names as compared to 146 on Gray's (counting all three of the Taylor brothers, but eliminating the 9 soldiers whom Gray named twice), may have been a source for his list. Some of the nomenclature is the same; e.g., ----- Sewall, Shoemaker, but in other places the presentations are different; e.g., the Telegraph list has Captain ----- Forsyth, of the regular army, while Gray gives this name as Capt. Forsyth, New York. Further, the strings of names are arranged in exactly the same order in a few places but not consistently. The fact that Gray's enumeration is more complete suggests that it was compiled from the newspaper one, even though his diary entry is prior to the Telegraph's publication date.
30. [p.130] Research, disputation, and correction in pursuit of an accurate list of Alamo dead continues to take place, with new names still being added; e.g., see Raul Casso IV, "Damacio Jimenez: The Lost and Found Alamo Defender," pp. 87-92. For years the accepted work on this subject was Amelia Williams, "A Critical Study of the Siege of the Alamo and of the Personnel of Its Defenders," pp. 237-312. Lord, Time to Stand, pp. 213-19, accepted 183 names of