Vol MMXVII, No 182
June 30, 1832
Mexican Army at Anahuac repels Uprising
Travis remains Jailed
In 1832, attorney William Barret Travis and his law partner were jailed by Mexican Colonel John (Juan) Bradburn, commander at the Mexican fort at Anahuac. Word of their arrest spread, and an uprising ensued. A prisoner exchange was agreed to, and, although the Texan insurgents released all nineteen of their prisoners, Col Bradburn refused to release Travis.
On this date in 1832, the Mexican army drove the Texas insurgents from the city. Retreating to Turtle Bayou, the Texians drew up the Turtle Bayou Resolutions listing their grievances against Col Bradburn and giving their support to his rival party, the Federalists, led by Santa Anna (friendly to the Texans at the time).
As time passed, and the insurgent forces grew, Col Piedras of the Mexican Garrison at Nacogdoches rode to the aid of Col Bradburn but was intercepted by the Texas insurgent force. Fearing he was outnumbered, Piedras agreed to relieve Bradburn of command and release his prisoners.
The incident led to further skirmishes, and eventually the General Council at San Felipe. At this time, Texians (as Texans were called at the time) were more interested in forming an independent Mexican state, rather than gaining their independence from Mexico.
USS Miller commissioned in Virginia
WESTWEGO, LA (1973)
On this date in 1973, the USS Miller was Commissioned. Built in Westwego, Lousiana, the Knox class escort ship saw duty in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Persian Gulf and the Black Sea. Named for Doris "Dorie" Miller, who despite being untrained, manned an anti-aircraft gun during the attack at Pearl Harbor, and shot down at least two attacking Japanese planes.
Dorie Miller has also been remembered from New York to San Diego, Washington to Hawaii in street names, parks, a housing complex, a community center, scholarships, veteran's parks, memorials, and at least four schools.
Miller died in 1942 in the battle of Tarawa. He was from Waco.
Galveston's Flagship Hotel Opens
On this date in 1965, the first hotel in American built on a pier, opened in Galvestion. The Flagship Hotel is built on a 340 foot wide "Pleasure Pier", and extends a full quarter mile into the Gulf of Mexico.