From the Vault: Remember the Alamo!

by Paula Bosse

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by Paula Bosse

As we are in the midst of the 180th anniversary of the Siege of the Alamo, why not look back at three (count ’em!) posts in which the battle had a starring or cameo role.

Remember the Alamo! …In Fair Park?! Did you know that Dallas had its own exact half-size replica of the Alamo? It did. In fact it had TWO! (San Antonio and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas were not amused.)

Texas Independence Day: The Most Patriotic Bank Ad EVER — 1921. An advertising copywriter goes full-bore. Grab a hanky.

John Hickman, A Slave Sent to Retrieve Jim Bowie’s Body from the Alamo, Appeared at the 1930 State Fair of Texas at the Age of 110. Yes, that is an incredibly unwieldy title, but Hickman (1820-1931) lived an amazing life. In a 1930 article, he recounts the scene that met him when he was sent by Jim Bowie’s brother to retrieve the Alamo hero’s body:

“Then I went to fetch Marse Jim Bowie’s body. I found him and I would have brung him out, but them devilish Mexicans had put flag grass on the Texans’ bodies and set it on fire. The grass was too green to burn good, but Marse Jim’s body, which I found ‘side an old burnt cot, couldn’t be fetched out. I wouldn’t tell Marse George just how bad it was, but I got a gold pin off his shirt and took it to Marse George, who was powerful hurt by Marse Jim’s getting killed.”

John Hickman’s whole life was fascinating — from slavery and the Texas Revolution, to the Civil War and freedom, to cattle drives and Indian fights, to being the guest of honor at the State Fair of Texas and telling his story on the radio. That’s a lot of living.

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