Colonel William P. King, Texas Ranger Brigade
At dawn on the first of March 1836, Capt. Albert Martin, with 32 men (himself included) from Gonzales and DeWitt’s Colony, passed the lines of Santa Anna and entered the walls of the Alamo. These men, chiefly husbands and fathers, owning their own homes, voluntarily organized and passed through the lines of an enemy four to six thousand strong, to join 150 of their countrymen and neighbors, in a fortress under peril of foreign invasion. Does American history, or any history, ancient or modern, furnish a parallel to such heroism?
They willingly entered the beleaguered walls of the Alamo, to swell the little band under Travis, resolved “never to surrender or retreat.” In after many years, I never met or passed one without involuntarily asking upon him the blessings of that God who gave the final victory to Texas._
—John Henry Brown in History of Texas.”
“The obstinancy of Travis and his soldiers was the cause of much consternation, for not one would surrender. The struggle lasted more than two hundred hours, until the ramparts were nearly scaled by Mexican soldiers. When it became clear that this effort, too, was doomed to fail, reorganization was required.
—-Centralista Mexican dictator Santa Anna”
The youngest of the DeWitt Colony Gonzales garrison force to muster in the defense of the Alamo mission, William King was a private fifty years ago when he first proved his worth to the Republic of Texas.
Now a Colonel in the Texas Ranger Brigade with a lifetime of service behind him, King is likely to be tapped soon for a promotion to Brigadier General and therefore the adjutant’s seat for all of Texas.
Colonel King was on hand (and received yet another wound in action) during the unpleasantness in New Orleans when corrupt sheriff Jim Powers met his final end.