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La Grange in Fayette County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Men of the Dawson Massacre

September 18, 1842

 
 
The Men of the Dawson Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, October 5, 2021
1. The Men of the Dawson Massacre Marker
Inscription.  

When Mexican General Adrian Woll attacked San Antonio on September 11, 1842, Nicholas Mosby Dawson and the men who joined him reacted so quickly to the alarm that a muster roll was not taken. Only eighteen men survived the Dawson Massacre, which occurred near Salado Creek, within present San Antonio (not at Salado, Texas, as stated on the tomb). The following corrected list names the thirty-six men who are known to have been killed, and whose remains were here entombed on September 18, 1848:

____Adams • Jerome B. Alexander • James Alley • Robert Barkley • John Beard • David Berry • Francis E. Brookfield • Thomas J. Butler • T. John Church • Robert Cummins • John Dancer • Nicholas Mosby Dawson • Lewis W. Dickerson • Robert Eastland • Lowe(?) Farris • Charles S. Field • Elijah Garey • Joe Griffin • Harvey W. Hall • George A. Hill • Asa Jones • John F. Jones • Patrick Lewis • William Linn • Winfield S. Lowe • Richard McGee • John Wesley Pendleton • Thomas Rice • William Savage • Elam Scallorn • John Wesley Scallorn • Thomas Simms • Richard Slack • Edward Trimble • Norman Miles Wells • Zadock Woods

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located to verify that Zed Barkley (listed on the tomb) joined the Dawson Company.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, Mexican-AmericanWar, Texas Independence. A significant historical date for this entry is September 11, 1842.
 
Location. 29° 53.339′ N, 96° 52.619′ W. Marker is in La Grange, Texas, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 92 Spur, 0.3 miles west of State Highway 77. The marker is located on the western section of the grounds of Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill State Historic Sites. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 414 TX-92 Spur, La Grange TX 78945, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Drawing of the Black Beans (here, next to this marker); The Deaths of Dr. Richard Fox Brenham and Ewen Cameron (here, next to this marker); The Survivors of the Dawson Massacre (a few steps from this marker); The Final Resting Place (a few steps from this marker); Kreische Complex (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monument Hill Tomb (about 500 feet away); The Faison House (approx. Ύ mile away); Fayette County Jail (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Grange.
 
Also see . . .  Dawson Massacre.
After a vigorous but
The Men of the Dawson Massacre Marker and tomb image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, October 5, 2021
2. The Men of the Dawson Massacre Marker and tomb
futile resistance, the severely wounded Dawson sought to surrender. The Mexicans continued to fire, however, striking Dawson several more times. Seeing surrender to be impossible, he gasped out his dying words, "Let victory be purchased with blood." Alsey S. Miller took up the white mackinaw that Dawson had waved in token of surrender and rode with it toward the Mexican lines, only to be fired upon in his turn. Miller then galloped through the enemy toward the town of Seguin.  Source: The Handbook of Texas
(Submitted on October 18, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The Memorial for the martyred Texans image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, October 5, 2021
3. The Memorial for the martyred Texans
Closeup of the tomb text image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, October 5, 2021
4. Closeup of the tomb text
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 533 times since then and 83 times this year. Last updated on July 11, 2022, by Joe Lotz of Denton, Texas. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 18, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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