Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lieutenant Joseph Bonnell
a Hero of the War for Texas Independence
On April 7, 1836, Lieutenant Joseph Bonnell, West Point Class of 1825, 3rd Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army, Fort Jesup, Louisiana, was sent alone into Texas by U.S. General Gaines to quell an uprising of 1,700 hostile Indians which threatened the small Texas Army of General Sam Houston. Lieutenant Bonnell completed this dangerous mission by successfully negotiating with Caddo Chief Cortes to have the warriors return to their villages and live in peace. Bonnellís success greatly assisted Houstonís Army in prevailing at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. Captain Joseph Bonnell, who died on September 27, 1840, was the only active duty U.S. Army officer who was a Hero of the War for Texas Independence.
Location. 40° 0.259′ N, 75° 11.291′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Ridge Avenue 0.1 miles south of West Clearfield Street. Touch for map. Located in the Bonnell-Bringhurst Family Plot (Section B, Lot 102) next to the Captain Joseph Bonnell grave marker, just west off of Cemetery Rd (within the cemetery grounds). This is within a few hundred feet of the Main Entrance to the Laurel Hill Cemetery at 3822 Ridge Avenue.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Laurel Hill Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Laurel Hill Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); General Hugh Mercer (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commodore Isaac Hull (about 500 feet away); Thomas McKean (about 500 feet away); Rear Admiral John Adolphus Bernard Dahlgren (about 600 feet away); Charles Thomson (about 600 feet away); Commercial Digital Computer Birthplace (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Regarding Lieutenant Joseph Bonnell. Joseph was involved with Sam Houston and the Texan Army prior to and during the Texas War for Independence - he was General Sam Houston's Aide-de-Camp in November 1835 - the First Aide-de-Camp of the Texan Army. This was during the time of The Alamo and The Battle of San Jacinto when the Texas Revolution ended in April 1836.
Joseph was born 04 August, 1802 and died 27 September, 1840, both in Philadelphia.
He may be the true Namesake of Mount Bonnell in Austin, TX
Also see . . .
1. Joseph Bonnell Grave Markers. (Submitted on July 12, 2009, by Steven L Bonnell of Montoursville, Pennsylvania.)
2. Laurel Hill Cemetery. Burial Site of Lt. Jospeh Bonnell (Submitted on July 17, 2009.)
3. Reward - Mount Bonnell. Details and Information concerning the recent research into the namesake of Mount Bonnell, updated as new information is found. For a quick overview, see Mount Bonnell Timeline (11). (Submitted on August 9, 2009, by Steven L Bonnell of Montoursville, Pennsylvania.)
4. Dedication of Markers at the grave of Captain Joseph Bonnell - 2005. In 1840 Captain Bonnell was buried at Laurel Hill in a civil ceremony. In 2004 his grave site was found to be unmarked. A Veterans Affairs grave marker was obtained, and a historical marker was provided by the West Point Society of Philadelphia. On Sunday, May 29, 2005, a memorial dedication ceremony was held. The Commanding Officer and an honor guard from The “Old Guard” (3rd Infantry Regiment) rendered full military honors at graveside for one of its own, an officer who demonstrated an uncommon degree of integrity and valor in the performance of his duties, earning the right to be recognized as a Hero of the Texas Revolution. (Submitted on February 14, 2010, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas.)
5. Joseph Bonnell Web Site maintained by West Point Society of Central Texas. (Submitted on February 14, 2010, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas.)
6. Photos of the Dedication Ceremony. (Submitted on April 15, 2010.)
7. The Joseph Bonnell Story. An 11 minute video produced by the West Point Society of Central Texas in Austin that relates the story of Joseph Bonnell, his friendship with Sam Houston, and his heroism during the War for Texas Independence. (Submitted on December 6, 2010, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas.)
8. Biography of Joseph Bonnell,. Texas State Historical Association; Handbook of Texas (Submitted on April 12, 2015, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Military • Notable Persons • War, Texas Independence •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2009, by Steven L Bonnell of Montoursville, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,526 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on March 9, 2011, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas. Photos: 1. submitted on July 12, 2009, by Steven L Bonnell of Montoursville, Pennsylvania. 2, 3. submitted on March 14, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.