Who's Who in the Texas Revolution

William B. Travis

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William B. Travis

William Travis is best known as the co-commander of the Alamo. Originally from South Carolina, he moved to Alabama with his family. When he obtained land from Stephen F. Austin, he abruptly left his family and moved to Texas. He became involved in the growing rebellion against the Mexican government. After hostilities broke out, he went to the Alamo in San Antonio with a small force of men. There he agreed to share command with James Bowie and prepare for Santa Anna’s invading army. On February 24 he wrote a letter "To the People of Texas and All Americans in the World" which brought attention and support for the Texas cause. However, it was too late to help the men at the Alamo because after being under siege for 13 days, it was overrun by the Mexican army. His death as a defender of the Alamo elevated Travis from a military commander of a small force to a Texas hero. Travis County is named in his honor.