Vol MMXVII, No 37
February 6, 1836
Crockett and Volunteers arrive in San Antonio
Crockett in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO (1836)
On this date in 1835, six men arrived in San Antonio from Nacodoches where they had recently enlisted in the Texas volunteers.
4,600 acres of land was promised to any man who would serve in the volunteers for six months. Among those volunteers arriving from Nacogdoches was Davy Crockett who was on his way to his assignment along the Rio Grande.
The six men made camp just outside town, but were later greeted by James Bowie and Antonio Menchacha. They were then taken to the home of Don Erasmo Seguin. Within a week, Santa Anna's army crossed the Rio Grande, so Crockett remained with Bowie in San Antonio.
Bowie, commander of the volunteer forces in San Antonio had orders to destroy anything of use to the Mexican army and flee San Antonio. However, the military commander there, Colonel Travis, had orders to defend San Antonio at all costs.
When Santa Anna and his army arrived in San Antonio, Crockett, Bowie, Travis and approximately 150 other fighters, made their way to an abandoned mission to fight the Mexican army. One month later, all 150 were killed at the battle of the Alamo. Surviving women and children inside the Alamo, were given a blanket, and a few coins by Santa Anna, and then sent on their way.
Smoking and Soft Drinks Banned in UT Classrooms
On this date in 1952, Smoking in the classrooms at the University of Texas was banned. In addition, soft drinks were banned from the classroom.