Travis, William Barrett (trăvʹĭs), 1809–36, hero of the Texas Revolution, b. Edgefield co., S.C. He moved to Claiborne, Ala., where he practiced law. Travis later moved (1831) to Texas and soon acquired local prominence. He was ardent in urging the revolt of the American settlers against Mexican rule. In the Texas Revolution he served as a colonel. After the Texans had taken the Alamo , he was sent to reinforce them and became commander of the fort. The little force was beset by the Mexican army of General Santa Anna (Mar., 1836). The Alamo fell, and all of its defenders, among them Travis, James Bowie, and David Crockett, were massacred. The defense became a symbol of heroism.
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Travis, William Barrett
Publisher: The Columbia University Press
Document Type: Brief biography
Length: 133 words
Lexile Measure: 920L
About this Person
Born: August 09, 1809 in Saluda County, South Carolina, United States
Died: March 06, 1836 in San Antonio, Texas, United States
Occupation: Army officer
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