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Corsicana in Navarro County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

James Clinton Neill

 
 
James Clinton Neill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 17, 2012
1. James Clinton Neill Marker
Inscription. Born in 1790 in North Carolina, James Clinton Neill came to Texas in 1831 with Stephen F. Austin's third colony. He settled in Milam County, and represented his neighbors at the Convention of 1833. On September 28, 1835, Neill entered the Texas Army as Captain of artillery, and was promoted to Lt. Colonel in December. He was in charge of artillery at the Siege of Bexar, and soon thereafter was appointed by Sam Houston to the commandancy of San Antonio and the Bexar District, including the fortifications at the Alamo. When he received word in February of illness in his family, Neill left the Alamo in the command of William B. Travis, and so was not among the defenders who lost their lives on March 6. In charge of an artillery unit with Sam Houston's army in April, Neill was wounded in a skirmish on April 20, one day before the Battle of San Jacinto. He was appointed Indian Commissioner in 1844. Neill was living in present Navarro County when it was created from Robertson County in 1846. He and two partners donated land for the county seat. James Clinton Neill and his wife, Margaret Harriet, were the parents of three children. Neill died in March 1848, and is buried in Grimes County.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986

 
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission
James Clinton Neill Marker at 1465 West 2nd Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 17, 2012
2. James Clinton Neill Marker at 1465 West 2nd Street
. (Marker Number 12544.)
 
Location. 32° 5.364′ N, 96° 28.894′ W. Marker is in Corsicana, Texas, in Navarro County. Marker is on West 2nd Street (State Highway 22) near North 24th Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1465 West 2nd Street, Corsicana TX 75110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dunn-Ransom Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Smith-McCrery Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Judge John S. Callicutt (approx. mile away); The Rosenberg Family (approx. 0.3 miles away); Roger Q. Mills Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pioneer in Texas Oil Joseph S. Cullinan (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stephen Augustus Pace (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fire Station No. 2 (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corsicana.
 
Regarding James Clinton Neill. On February 11,1836 Neill left the Alamo, left the Alamo just before it fell to get supplies for his men and to visit ill family members. He transitioned command to William Barret Travis, the highest-ranking regular army officer in the garrison. The fort fell to Mexican troops on March 6
 
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1. Texas State Historical Association - J. C. Neill
James Clinton Neill Marker, seen at West 2nd Street (Texas Route 22) near North 24th Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 17, 2012
3. James Clinton Neill Marker, seen at West 2nd Street (Texas Route 22) near North 24th Street
. ... The rebellious Texans valued Neill's skill with ordnance, and one described him as "the first in our camp whose experience was sufficient to mount and point a cannon at the enemies of Texas." ... (Submitted on February 9, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. James Clinton Neill - Navarro County Historical Society. Until 1835 most of the Anglo-American colonists had been fairly loyal to Mexico, although there were several violent clashes between the Mexican ruler and the Texans. Most of these rising of the colonists were against the Mexican officials attempting to collect taxes or duties. Stephen F. Austin admitted that his colonists hated the sight of a tax collector. Santa Anna's ruthless campaign alarmed the Texans more than anything else in 1835, and soon there were manifestations that the dictator intended the military occupation of Texas. James Clinton Neill entered the Texas Army as a Captain on September 28, 1835. He was later appointed a Colonel of Artillery and was in charge during the siege of Bexar. (Submitted on February 9, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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James Clinton Neill Marker, looking westward along West 2nd Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 17, 2012
4. James Clinton Neill Marker, looking westward along West 2nd Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 9, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 408 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 9, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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